iOS 14 was recently announced and packs a lot of privacy features. These features came to action with this recent finding.
A user installed iOS 14 beta and got a notification that the Instagram app had turned on the camera when they were scrolling through their feed. The camera should only turn on if they are 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
iOS 14 privacy features have caught apps that were accessing the clipboard and notified users to these app behaviours. Apps caught accessing users clipboard without their permission included TikTok, Reddit and LinkedIn
Most people have become 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 behaviours 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.
Android 11 is also launching in September and will be bringing improved privacy controls.
These privacy-focused features will have a big impact on apps that act strange and do shady stuff without users permissions.
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