If you have updated to the new version of iOS 14, you may have noticed a bright green LED above the screen. It’s not a cause for panic, quite the opposite. It seems that Apple has implemented a feature that notifies you when an application uses your phone’s front camera. With the update to iOS 14, you will be able to see this LED. If it is green, it means that the application “follows you”, and when it is orange, the active application uses your microphone. This feature is good for identifying which apps access your phone’s features.
Each time an application uses your camera or microphone, you will be notified via an LED placed above the screen. To see which applications do this, access the Control Center.
Once you see this light on, when you don’t have the camera activated, you can enter settings to revoke access to it of the apps you want. That’s in case you don’t delete the application completely. This feature was introduced with iOS 14 to give users more control over how apps interact with their phones.
This new feature of iOS 14 also comes after a scandal that broke out in July. Then, an Instagram user from New Jersey sued Facebook. He accused the company of using his camera intentionally and unintentionally to collect information. The problem he raised was that the application also recorded his home, thus violating his privacy. So what do you say? Are you safe with these applications that farm data continuously? Another interesting question would be: why do we see this function implemented only now?