The system of permissions in iOS is built in such a way that any application with access to the camera can carry out a hidden survey, regardless of the user's will, the developer Felix Krause was convinced. To do this, he wrote his own application with the corresponding functionality, which automatically took pictures from the front camera and conducted a live broadcast.
The main danger of the detected feature is that iOS does not notify the user about camera activation in the background. In theory, this can lead to unauthorized third-party access to confidential information that can be copied and distributed without the consent of the owner. Not the most pleasant prospect, will you agree?
Of course, in order to access the camera of a smartphone or tablet, the application sends a request to the user. Logically, it would seem, simply not to open programs with dubious reputation access to the basic functions of the device, but not everything is so simple. Often, users do not even suspect the purpose of permissions, agreeing to anything that they are offered.
To avoid possible consumer discontent and subsequent litigation, Krause recommends that Apple improve the permissions system by limiting the background effect of some functions over time. In addition, according to the developer, it is necessary to rework the status bar, allowing you to display a notification about the application request to turn on the camera or GPS, and activate the shutter sound during background photography.
The only thing that remains at this stage for users experiencing privacy in the online environment is to be extremely vigilant and to seal the smartphone's camera with insulating tape – just in case.
According to The Next Web