Ensure 'Allow Use of Camera' is set to 'Disabled'

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This policy setting controls whether the use of Camera devices on the machine are permitted.

The recommended state for this setting is: Disabled.


Cameras in a high security environment can pose serious privacy and data exfiltration risks - they should be disabled to help mitigate that risk.


Users will not be able to utilize the camera on a system.


To establish the recommended configuration via GP, set the following UI path to Disabled:

Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Camera\Allow Use of Camera

Note: This Group Policy path may not exist by default. It is provided by the Group Policy template Camera.admx/adml that is included with the Microsoft Windows 10 Release 1607 & Server 2016 Administrative Templates (or newer).

Default Value:

Enabled. (Camera devices are enabled.)

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