Google announced that it will be rolling out a new biometric security feature for the iOS version of its Google Drive app this week.
The feature, called ‘Privacy Screen’, will give users the option to lock access to the app behind biometric authentication via Face ID , Touch ID, or a password.
The Privacy Screen feature — which the user needs to activate by navigating to the apps settings menu — will ask for either biometric authentication or a password whenever the user exits out of Google Drive or if they switch to another app while using it.
“Sometimes you might want a little more privacy for documents stored on your phone,” said a spokesperson for Google to Digital Trends. “You might share devices with family or loved ones more often if you’re working from home.”
There’s no word yet as to when Privacy Screen may make its way to Android, but ever since Google released the ‘BiometricAPI‘ for Android late last year the number of apps that support Face Unlock — facial biometric authentication found only on the Google Pixel 4 right now — has been steadily growing and it may only be a matter of time before Google’s own cloud storage app is one of them.
Source: Digital Trends