I-SNOOP Look out for this orange dot on your iPhone – someone is listening in - 2 minutes read

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By Sean Keach

IF you've ever panicked that an app might be listening through your iPhone's microphone, Apple has got you covered.

The latest iPhone update adds a new "warning dot" that alerts you whenever your microphone or camera is activated.

That means if any app is surreptitiously recording you, you'll know about it.

It's all part of the new iPhone update – find out how to download iOS 14 right now.

In iOS 14, an orange dot will appear in the upper right corner of the screen when the microphone – or camera – is activated.

By swiping into your Control Centre, you'll be able to see details about which app is using the microphone.

If you suspect something is up, you should check the app's permissions in Settings.

You can deny specific apps access to your microphone or camera, for instance.

And if you're really worried, you could just delete the app altogether.

"Privacy is a fundamental human right and at the core of everything we do," Apple explained.

"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.

"An indicator appears at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. And in Control Center, you can see if an app has used them recently."

That's not the only privacy change added in iOS 14.

For instance, you can now share a rough location with an app – rather than your exact details.

That means an app could show you nearby stores, for instance, without knowing exactly where you live.

There's a new App Library in iOS 14 to help declutter your home screen

There's a new App Library in iOS 14 to help declutter your home screen credit: Apple

Fears that apps are snooping on you have been around for years.

Many Facebook users say they've spoken about something out loud, only for related adverts to appear on the app soon after.

These users claim they've never searched for this sort of content before, and the only possible explanation is snooping.

Users reckon Facebook is using your phone's microphone to listen in on real-world conversations – to help target ads. But is it true?

Facebook has been very clear about the matter and says it isn't using microphone recordings to target ads better.

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