The latest iPhone update includes a new warning dot that serves as a sign your camera or microphone is turned on. This could mean that one of your apps is secretly recording you.
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iPhone 11 Pro
iPhone 11 Pro Max
iPhone XS Max
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iPhone 7 / Plus
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The orange dot will appear in the upper right corner of your screen when your camera or microphone is activated. To see which app uses your device's mic, you need to swipe into your Control Center.
If the working app seems suspicious to you, check its permission in the Settings. This will allow you to restrict your untrusted apps from accessing your camera or microphone.
Another thing you can do is to simply delete the unwanted apps altogether.
"Privacy is a fundamental human right and at the core of everything we do," said the phone manufacturer.
"That's why with iOS 14, we're giving you more control over the data you share and more transparency into how it's used," it added.
The new iOS 14 also has other privacy changes. For example, the latest update offers a feature that will allow you to share a "rough" location instead of your exact location.
This means that the app could show any nearby establishment, such as a store, without providing your exact address.
Why you should worry
Many Facebook users reported that their device would show related advertisements on their app when speaking out loud. They claimed that they have never searched for the adverts before, caused by "snooping."
Whilst I wait for iOS 14 to download, I remember the biggest glow up on my iPhone 4S... iOS 7 pic.twitter.com/nykamVdSXw — Erin Blinkhorn (@msblinkhorn) September 17, 2020
Users said that Facebook uses their device's microphones to listen to their conversations to send them ads. However, the social media platform denied the accusation, saying that they've never used microphone recordings to target better ads.
The company's spokesperson explained that the articles, which suggest that Facebook is listening to users' conversations to provide relevant ads, are not true. Facebook's representative also said that they were only accessing a user's microphone when he/she had given the app permission.
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Written by: Giuliano de Leon.