Your business should be just that — your business. As consumers become more conscious of how their personal data is stored, shared and leveraged by third parties, IT professionals and business users need even more vigilant, since misappropriated personal data or unchecked malware also pose enterprise security risks for the business. It starts with the device you use the most: your phone. Fortunately, you can take control of your privacy with the Privacy dashboard, introduced on the latest Samsung Galaxy smartphones.

What is the Privacy Dashboard?

Consolidated into a single settings menu, the Privacy Dashboard lets you view, set and adjust all your app permissions, controls and data-sharing opt-in features in one easy-to-use hub. Worried about rogue apps prying into your private data? Tap into the dashboard to see (and stop) apps that might be accessing more data than necessary. For example, if you find that a gaming app is accessing your microphone 24/7 in the background, you can specifically revoke microphone access for that app with just one tap. Go down the list of apps and set your preferences to your liking. Meanwhile, your Galaxy phone will continue protecting your privacy by removing permissions from apps that you haven’t used in a few months.

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Beyond app permissions, the Privacy Dashboard also lets you review the Samsung or Google services you’ve opted into, such as sending diagnostic data, personalization services, autofill services and location data. For example, you can tap the Google Ads setting to quickly reset or delete your device’s advertising ID, so that apps can’t target you with personalized ads.

Google announced the new Privacy Dashboard back in May 2021, providing context on the Android Developers Blog. “This release will give users more transparency around the data being accessed by apps while providing simple controls to make informed choices. Android is also investing in reducing the scope of permissions so that apps only have access to the data they need for the features they provide,” the post explained. Samsung has incorporated Privacy Dashboard, together with Samsung-specific device customization options, on recent releases including the Samsung Galaxy S22, Galaxy Z Fold4 and Galaxy Z Flip4.

How to access Privacy Dashboard

You can begin exploring Privacy Dashboard on your Samsung phone with these simple steps:

  • Open Settings, then tap “Privacy.”
  • At the top, you’ll get a quick view of your camera, microphone and location permissions used in the last 24 hours.
  • Tap “All permissions” to see a detailed view.
  • Tap “Permission manager” to see and edit permissions for all apps.
  • Each permission type will show you how many apps have access to that specific permission. Tap a permission type to go through your apps one by one and set your preferred permissions.

Under “Controls and alerts,” you can toggle general camera and microphone access on or off. If you’re using the permissions manager to customize your privacy settings, general camera and microphone access should be left toggled on to streamline the in-app experience. But if you want to go completely private and block camera and microphone access for all your apps, you might consider toggling these two settings off.

Beyond the basics

Most of us are familiar with apps asking for access to our camera, microphone or location, but by managing your permissions, you can also control exactly what data you’re sharing when it comes to:

  • Body sensors
  • Calendar
  • Call logs
  • Contacts
  • Files and media

The power of privacy

Privacy Dashboard isn’t an attack on apps. In most cases, apps make our lives easier, and we choose to trust them for convenience. Just as much as the dashboard is designed for you to easily deny or revoke access to your data, it’s also there to make it easy for you to allow access when it means you’ll get more out of the user experience, especially on Galaxy Z Fold4. Because Galaxy Z Fold4 is an all-in-one device for business — a phone, tablet and, with Samsung DeX, a pocket-sized PC — it makes Privacy Dashboard all the more important and powerful.

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The idea is to provide you with a convenient, transparent way to stay in control of your data. That’s in addition to the defense-grade security built into Galaxy Z Fold4 with Samsung Knox, and the advantage that device consolidation gives IT teams for cybersecurity. This is your business, bolstered.

Sign up for a Samsung Business Account to get exclusive offers, including volume pricing discounts, on Galaxy Z Fold4 and Galaxy Z Flip4 today. And as you set up your new device, make sure you secure the personal and work data on your mobile phone using this free guide.

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Daniel Gordon became a full-time freelancer in 2015 after spending several years as an in-house and agency copywriter. His marketing experience spans from Fortune 500 companies and Forbes World's Most Valuable Brands to small businesses, startups and marketing agencies. Before he entered the marketing world, Daniel worked in the music business as a manager to producers and songwriters, and as an A&R/talent scout.

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