Apple recently announced iOS 14 and comes with a lot of privacy features. These features have been coming to action with this recent discovery.
Users who have installed iOS 14 beta gets notifications that the Instagram app had turned on the camera when they were scrolling through their feed. The camera is expected to only turn on when you want to recording a video or taking a photo.
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
This is not the first time the iOS 14 privacy features will notify users about apps that are accessing user data. Recently, some apps were recently caught accessing the clipboard without the owners permission. Those apps included TikTok, Reddit and LinkedIn.
A lot of people are worried that Facebook’s apps snoop on users and this latest bug increased people’s uneasiness.
Here’s Instagram’s comment:
“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.”
App developers will have to build apps that don’t show shady behaviors which they then claim to be bugs.
iOS 14 is still in its beta stage and these new privacy controls will come in handy after its official launch in September. Meanwhile, Apple fierce rival, Google is also preparing the Android 11 for launch in September and it is also expected to bring improved privacy controls.
These privacy-focused features will have a big impact on apps that act strange and do shady stuff without users permissions.