With the release of iOS 14, Apple will make it much easier to understand when an application accesses the iPhone's camera and microphone, thanks to a new on-screen indicator (and a voice in the Control Center) that signals the use of these two elements.
The function is also active in beta versions and is already producing some interesting results, given that it is slowly exposing all those applications that used to use the camera and the microphone even when the user is not fully aware of it. The latest app to be caught is nothing less than Instagram, which seems to make an all-too-frequent use of the camera even in scenarios where it should not be active.
Casually browsing Instagram when suddenly the new iOS 14 camera / microphone indicator comes on. Then control panel ratted out the app behind it. This is going to change things. # iOS14 pic.twitter.com/EnTIRsqq3R
– KevDoy (@KevDoy) July 17, 2020
Instagram intervened on the matter stating that the application does not take photos or acquires videos without the user's knowledge and that the whole story would be linked to a bug being corrected. More precisely, according to what the company reports, it seems that the problem derives from the fact that it is possible to access the camera directly from the feed, via a swipe to the left. Because of this, the system detects in the gestures of the user the intention to open the camera, so it is possible that the indicator that indicates its use is activated.
In short, according to the reconstruction of Instagram, it seems that it is a bug innocent, without any real implication for user privacy. The curious aspect of the story is the fact that iOS 14 is bringing out many of these unintentional errors, all related precisely to the issue of confidentiality of personal data. At the end of June a list of applications had been drawn up which, always due to a bug, accessed the clipboard (where the copied items are kept) without the user being informed. Who knows what will be the next victim of the new version of iOS coming out in September.
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