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Hidden images showing up in other applications

(Topic created: 12-24-2021 12:42 PM)
userUWwlmEoM8a
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I found this privacy issue last night. My phone is a Samsung A31 with Android 11. I have a few albums which I have set to hidden, However the images in those albums are visible from applications which allows to upload images i.e.; Instagram, twitter. This is a breach of privacy.

Here is a screenshot of "Hide or unhide albums" menu with an album with an image for this demo:

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Here is the picture of the gallery:

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As you can see the "Hidden Album 1" is not there in the main gallery.

However when I open an app which allows me to upload images in this case Instagram this happens:

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The image which is still in the "Hidden Album 1" can be seen and also uploaded. 

 

Is there a fix to this? because this is very concerning as this is a breach of privacy ().

 

 

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user734264fo532
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Well, Android is basically Linux, so any subdirectory that has a period as the first character in its name makes it "hidden", but file managers such as Google Files has an option for "Show hidden subdirectories"

But yea, the average Joe/Joan won't know to do that.

To make photos absolutely hidden, copy them to your desktop or laptop, or to Google Photos, then delete them from the phone 👍

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user734264fo532
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"Hidden" is an option only known to Gallery ... it doesn't actually set the subdirectory to hidden globally ... it's only designed to be hidden when you're using Gallery

So yea, not a privacy breach
userUWwlmEoM8a
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So is there a way to make it hidden globally? 

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user734264fo532
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Well, Android is basically Linux, so any subdirectory that has a period as the first character in its name makes it "hidden", but file managers such as Google Files has an option for "Show hidden subdirectories"

But yea, the average Joe/Joan won't know to do that.

To make photos absolutely hidden, copy them to your desktop or laptop, or to Google Photos, then delete them from the phone 👍
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userUWwlmEoM8a
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Thank you! I should've figured out about the "." 

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user149533at39
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... hubby is a Linux fanatic 🙂