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Google tests tool to detect (and prevent) notebook snoopers

Chromebook will be able to protect users from snoopers with a new presence detection feature, found the website 9to5Google. A feature discovered in the Chrome browser showed that notebooks powered by Google could snitch if other people “look” at the computer’s content over the shoulders of the user.

The first clue that Google was working on this system appeared in September this year, when the site found evidence of the tool’s development. The feature at the time was seen as a preparation for built-in facial recognition (in the Windows Hello mold).

This possibility has not been completely ruled out, but a recent addition in the chrome://flags called “Enable snooping detection” shows that it will also avoid unwanted glances from strangers.

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“Turn on the eavesdropper protection to notify you whenever there’s a ‘snoop’ looking over your shoulder. The function can be turned on and off in the Smart Privacy section in your device’s settings”, describes Chrome’s experimental feature.

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When enabled, eavesdropping detection could dim the screen to very low levels and prevent undue attention or display a simple icon in the corner of the screen informing you that there are unwanted eyes on the monitor. This tool, according to an investigation by the site, would work entirely locally to protect users’ privacy.

Although it’s available as an experimental feature of Chrome, this tool would hardly be added to current Chromebooks. The tool depends on the presence of the Human Presence Sensor, a human presence detector built into the camera and which should only be integrated into future notebook models.

There is no provision for the launch of the presence sensor, nor the feature to protect against inappropriate eyes. However, considering that the development of the novelty is still underway, any announcement should only take place in 2022.

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