This new Windows 11 privacy feature shows when apps access your microphone, camera or location

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Windows 11 is getting a similar feature to iOS’s App Privacy Report called ‘Privacy Auditing’, which shows a history of each application’s access to sensitive devices like your microphone or information about your location.

Under ‘Privacy & security’ within the Windows 11 Settings app, Windows 11 will soon start showing recent activity from apps that have accessed the microphone or other sensitive data such as location in the past week. The report includes the time and date the app last accessed the device. 

The new feature was highlighted last week on Twitter by Dave Weston, Microsoft’s vice president for enterprise and OS security who noted: “New Windows 11 Privacy Auditing features allow you to see history of sensitive device access like the Microphone.”

According to Bleeping Computer, Microsoft added the privacy and transparency feature in a Windows 11 Preview build released in June. It’s currently available for testing in the Dev Channel – the less stable release channel with features that may or may not be made generally available. 

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