Beto On Security, user of Twitter, recently detected a strange activity from the Netflix on your phone. Apparently, the application has requested permission to monitor the physical activity of the Internet user, which led him to question the company in his profile on the social network.
The journalist of the site The Next WebIvan Mehta noted that the same had happened to him, and permission was active without his ever having granted access. He decided to investigate on his own and contacted the streaming platform. The company responded with an official statement, saying the action is part of a series of tests to improve the user experience and provide better video quality.
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This was part of a test to see how we can improve video playback quality when a subscriber is up and running.
"We are continually testing ways to provide our members with a better experience. This was part of a test to see how we can improve video playback quality when a subscriber is up and running," the company said. Netflix claimed that only a few accounts are part of the test, but did not elaborate on how tracking would benefit the research.
The mystery about active permission that Mehta claims not to have previously agreed may perhaps be explained by the arrival of the first beta versions of Android 10. The new system comes with the "activity recognition permission" feature, which makes it possible for developers know whether or not users use the installed app while doing some activity, among other data.