Is Your iPhone running on latest iOS 14 beta? Instagram might be using camera without permission
Users of Apple iPhones running the latest iOS 14 beta are reporting that the green camera in use indicator can be seen on the notification bar even when they are just scrolling through the feed. This signifies that Instagram is using the camera even when a user is not taking photos or posting them on the photo-sharing platform. However, Instagram says this is a bug and promised to fix it.
“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,” Instagram said in a statement reported by The Verge.
Apple added the green notification dot to the iOS 14 setup, similar to the notification that users get when the FaceTime camera is in use on a Mac.
This is not the first time when the Facebook-owned app has been reportedly accessing the phone camera without the user’s permission, thus violating privacy. Last year, it was reported that a bug allowed the Facebook app to access the phone’s camera in the background.
Earlier, apps such as TikTok, LinkedIn, and Reddit were found to be accessing users’ clipboard content as iOS 14 sends a notification to the user whenever it happens.
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