Flash Update Adds In-app Privacy Controls

Adobe released Flash Player 10.3 on Thursday, finally adding support for managing privacy settings via Web browser settings or through a new control panel tool. Previously, Flash settings could be managed only through a special Web page on Adobe’s Macromedia Web site.

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For now, Flash Player’s new in-browser settings are available in Firefox 4, but Adobe has plans to add the feature to Safari and Google Chrome in the future.

The update also offers a control panel tool for Mac OS X and Windows users that includes settings for managing Flash-based browser cookies, what Flash can store locally on your computer, and whether or not your computer’s microphone and camera are available. Version 10.2 can automatically check for updates weekly, too.

Flash Player 10.3 is free and available for download at the Adobe Web site.