Apple‘s iOS 14 update has been remarkably useful in snooping out what applications are snooping on data from your phone. It ratted out Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok earlier this month for illegally copying clipboard material. Instagram’s currently in hot seat after users complained that their camera’s “in use” despite just scrolling through Instagram feed.
Here’s what happened?
According to the complaints, the “camera on” icon remains on use when using the app despite not taking pictures or filming videos in Instagram. If this feels like deja vu, that’s because Instagram’s parent, Facebook, addressed a similar issue with its iOS app last year.
Facebook users found the camera on their smartphone to work quietly in the background without their consent while using Facebook. Naturally, the predicted behavior is for the device to access the camera when opening the composer for Instagram Stories.
An Instagram spokesman called this problem a bug. The company is actively trying to fix, according to an interview with The Verge.
“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,” they told the outlet. Instagram clarified they did not access the users’ camera in those instances, and assured no content is recorded.
The application often knows that the user swiped his finger to open the in-app shutter. That isn’t always the case, the company claims. Instagram is planning to address this issue in a forthcoming update to its iOS app.
The spokesperson claimed the indicator erroneously shows up when the consumer swipes from the in-app camera to either their display or Build Screen. Instagram promised in a future update to its iOS app to provide a patch for this problem.
Although Apple’s iOS 14 is currently in beta mode, issues on application that snoops data were raised.
TikTok, Twitter, and Reddit may have been the highest-profile cases. More than 50 iOS applications that even secretly control clipboards for users, new study shows. LinkedIn was recently caught accessing the users’ clipboard material without consent. The company also says that this was a bug.
TikTok said earlier this year it was preparing to stop using clipboards for the apps. Last month, TikTok told The Verge it had sent an update to the App Store to delete the “anti-spam” function. The application said the feature was never added to smartphones running Android. LinkedIn said it stopped the practice of clipboard-copying. Reddit said it fixed a piece of code that triggered the behavior in its app.
So while there are more deliberate privacy leaks, these revelations are an alarming reminder about how much we lose each time we go online.