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Why Zluri Mac agent needs the screen recording permission?
Why Zluri Mac agent needs the screen recording permission?

Zluri does not record the screen. But needs the permission to read the title of application window that is open.

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Written by Chinmay Panda
Updated over a week ago

Note: Zluri will never record your screen.

With macOS 10.15 Apple has introduced a new Screen Recording permission. According to the name, one would assume that this permission only covers screen recording, but it also protects an API that is used in Zluri and to access other app's window titles.

This is part of a few privacy preferences that Apple requires the user to accept, and cannot be granted by any MDM.

Zluri needs to read the window's titles to identify the SaaS applications.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON'T GRANT THE SCREEN RECORDING PERMISSIONS?

Zluri agent will still function right in terms of fetching the usage data from the applications, but we might require to read the window titles to identify SaaS applications some times. Giving this permission will help us get accurate data on the application and its usage.

IS THERE ANY APPLE DOCUMENTATION THAT CONFIRMS WHAT YOU ARE SAYING?

Yes. You can watch the video from WWDC: https://developer.apple.com/videos/play/wwdc2019/701/. There is a large part about screen recording, which also talks about window titles now also being protected by this permission.

CAN I ENABLE/DISABLE THE PERMISSION LATER?

Yes, you can always choose to disable/enable the permission via System Preferences => Security & Privacy => Privacy => Screen Recording.

WHY DID APPLE PROTECT WINDOW TITLES WITH THIS PERMISSION?

We are currently unsure. We will continue to watch and see how the macOS evolves and adjust accordingly to ensure the agent runs properly on Apple machines.



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