It was seen that the app is using the camera in the background.
Apple’s upcoming iOS 14 includes some nifty privacy features that include which apps are using your data or the hardware without any permission. Apps like Reddit, LinkedIn, and TikTok all have been revealed to be copying clipboard data earlier this month, prompting apologies from the companies, and updating their apps to remove the supposed bug.
Just last week, Instagram is now under pressure after it was revealed through beta testers of iOS 14 that the app is using the camera while users are scrolling through their feed. This was seen when a green icon indicating that the camera is being used (a feature of iOS 14) was shown even when users aren’t taking any photos or videos.
Instagram said that the issue is just a bug and that it is currently working on a patch. An interview with The Verge confirmed that the company will be issuing an update soon. “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,” Instagram said in the interview.
There’s a good chance that other apps may be exposed when iOS 14 eventually rolls out in a few months – but it is definitely a great privacy feature to know what apps are snooping on you when you’re not using them.
iOS 14 is currently on beta and will release sometime around September.