Monday, August 10, 2020

Instagram caught using camera on iOS 14 even when not in camera mode

Ever since the new iOS 14 rolled out in beta, the feature which turns on your on-screen notification light when any app starts using your camera has made been featured in the news quite frequently.

It was kind of an aggressive answer to various claims that different apps were using the cameras and microphones to keep track of you. It went on to the extent that so many people who were using MacBooks actually started covering their front-facing camera with some sort of a cover when they are not using it.

This issue was even more escalated when huge companies such as LinkedIn, Reddit, and Tick Tok were caught accessing users’ clipboards. Although the companies brushed the issue of saying it was only a bug caused due to some error in their code. Apple tried to gain customers’ trust regarding their privacy issues, and it seems that this new privacy-protecting feature finally caught its first prey.

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Some of the users found that the camera indicator was on even when they were not using the camera. An Instagram spokesperson said in an email to The Verge that the behavior was a bug and that it’s being fixed.

“We only access your camera when you tell us to — for example when you swipe from Feed to Camera. We found and are fixing a bug in iOS 14 Beta that mistakenly indicates that some people are using the camera when they aren’t, We do not access your camera in those instances, and no content is recorded,” the spokesperson said.

This is a huge claim, especially with all the antitrust hearings going on and with accusations of monopoly. This is even though the company immediately responded and said that they are going to fix the issue as soon as possible.

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