New iPhone update shows Instagram accessing camera even when not taking photos

by Bryan Brammer · Jul 27th, 2020 4:16 pm
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Last Updated Jul 29th, 2020 at 7:24 am

Apple iPhone users who have downloaded a beta version of the company's upcoming iOS 14 software update have noticed that the Instagram app is accessing their camera even when they are not taking photos.

The new update displays a green dot at the top of the iPhone's screen indicating when an app is accessing the camera or microphone.

One iPhone user posted on Twitter that the notification appeared while they were scrolling through their Instagram feed without the camera open.

A spokesperson for Facebook, who owns Instagram, said in an email to The Verge that the notification was the result of a bug the company is currently trying to fix.

"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," the spokesperson said. "We do not access your camera in those instances, and no content is recorded."

🔦 In late June, another new iOS 14 feature discovered that TikTok was covertly accessing user data by abusing the clipboard feature on iPhones.


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