A TikTok video has gone viral for revealing a creepy, and potentially sinister, action that our phones are performing that may pose a seriously threat to our privacy.
According to the video our phones, or at least IPhones, are taking photos of us, without our knowledge or consent, every 5 seconds.
In the video, a girl uses an infrared camera to prove that their IPhone was taking the secret photos.
Check it out:
ABC News has also confirmed the couple’s findings:
A video showing a mobile device snapping infrared images of an iPhone user is circulating around the internet and is catching many by surprise.
In the Tik Tok shared by user Brie Thomason, a digital camera using an infrared lens is seen filming an iPhone user observing their home screen. As the iPhone user stares blatantly at the device, Thomason’s digital camera captures the iPhone snapping multiple infrared images every 5-10 seconds.
Since the video was uploaded to social media on May 8, it has garnered over 224k likes and over 17.5k shares; alarming some and catching many off guard.
While this discovery may cause some users to panic, Apple claims this is actually just an aspect of the iPhone that allows users to control their face ID and Animoji (the animated emoji function).
According to Apple, this feature was first debuted as the iPhone X’s most groundbreaking function; since it is not even discernible at first glance, even though it literally stares you in the face.
So, yes, your Iphone is essentially taking “invisible” photos of you, but not for the reasons you would think.
Of course Apple claims that this is simply a way to empower their FaceID feature, but this excuse makes little sense. FaceID is a feature used to unlock your phone. Once your phone is unlocked, why would the phone need continue to take photos every 5 seconds?
I have a hard time putting trust in Big Tech companies who have proved over the last several years that they care little about our Constitutional rights. Now this feature may truly be innocuous, as Apple claims, but are you willing to put your trust in them?