This publication describes techniques to turn on and off physical sensors of a computing device to protect user privacy. Users may be afforded a quick and easy way to turn on and off all physical sensors using a Privacy Manager that can be activated, for example, with a “sensor mute” icon located on the user interface or a physical switch located on the computing device. Users may monitor and/or customize the activity (e.g., on/off settings) of each sensor in a centralized control setting on the computing device. The Privacy Manager may identify each physical sensor of the computing device and list them in a centralized control setting with a short description of their use (e.g., an “activity sensor” is identified and used for “health screening”). The user may be able to customize their privacy settings by individually turning sensors on and off to meet their needs.

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