How Privacy Protection in macOS Mojave Works

In MacOS 10.14, Apple is adding more privacy protections in this version. The app will require permission before you access data like photos, emails, contacts and more. If there is an app that tries accessing the protected resources without your permission, it will get crashed. Here is how privacy protect works in your MacOS Mojave

Give Apps Access to Data

You will be prompted when apps ask for access to protected private information, like your photos or contacts. You will also see prompt messages when an app asks for access to this data. All you need is to agree to the prompt to provide the app access or click on “Don’t Allow” if you want to block it.

You can also configure these restrictions from System Preferences on your Mac. You have to use this window in case the app doesn’t prompt for access. You can also go there to revoke permission given, or allow permission that was previously denied.

To get these settings, go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy. From there, you can see which installed apps can access the types of content.

However, if an app does not ask for, you can’t give it access to this data. If you give an app access to your photo library without appearing in this list and asking for access to the photo library, you cannot add it. The developer needs to declare that capability in the app.

In order to choose which apps are allowed to access other app data, simply click on the “Application Data” category. First, you need to click on the Clock icon and then type in your password. After that, click on the “+” button to add more apps in this list to give them access to apps like your messages, history, cookies, and others.

What Should You Do If Apps Get Crashed or Can’t Recognize Files

If an app is not allowed the access to a resource, two problems might occur. The app can get crashed, since macOS Mojave terminates it for doing something that isn’t given.

In some cases, macOS Mojave will not only allow the app to see the data. For instance, you can open a protected folder to see its contents as blank. If you see the app gets crashed or is not capable of accessing data without prompting for access, navigate to your Security & Privacy section and give an access for an app to the category of data.

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If you want to access a file in a protected location, you should copy it to a non-protected location. For example, you receive an email attachment that you want to open, navigate to Mail and then save the attachment to a folder on your Mac, which isn’t protected. If you have to access a photo in your photos library, it’d better export it to the Documents or Desktop.

If the app requires access to a type of data, but you are not able to give an access for it to that data, you should contact the app’s developer and tell them about the problem. It’s a problem of the app that developer has to fix. Problems should go away when developers update their apps for MacOS 10.14 Mojave version.

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