Who is in con­trol?

Mac|Life - - ASK -

I have a cou­ple of apps that con­trol other apps. Since up­grad­ing to macOS Mo­jave, they keep prompt­ing me to al­low them to con­nect, in­clud­ing to some­thing called Sys­tem Events. Am I able to make those di­alogs go away? The di­alogs are a fea­ture of Mo­jave’s im­proved pri­vacy pro­tec­tion, and you should ex­pect them where apps that con­trol other apps are con­cerned; they don’t mean that any­thing is in­com­pat­i­ble. Visit the app’s sup­port site to check whether you’re run­ning the lat­est ver­sion, and read any ad­vice given there about deal­ing with this in Mo­jave.

This new pri­vacy sys­tem puts you in con­trol of what pro­tected data you let apps ac­cess. If an app wants to look at your emails, then it must ob­tain your con­sent to do that. If an­other app wants con­trol of Mail to read your mes­sages, that too needs con­sent.

Sys­tem Events is a hid­den, app–like ser­vice that han­dles quite a few au­toma­tion fea­tures; you may also come across alerts in re­la­tion to other Core Ser­vices tech­nolo­gies, such as Im­age Events and Data­base Events.

Each con­trol re­la­tion­ship thus has to be agreed by you in­di­vid­u­ally. When you give your con­sent, the con­trol­ling app is added to the Au­toma­tion list in Sys­tem Pref­er­ences > Se­cu­rity & Pri­vacy > Pri­vacy. There’s cur­rently no way an app can ask you to pre–au­tho­rize those rights, so your con­sent has to be sought one pair at a time. Once given, it’s added to the Au­toma­tion list and you won’t be trou­bled for con­sent for that pair­ing again.

If an app wants to con­trol an­other, click OK to add it to the Au­toma­tion list.

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