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I'm running Mac OS Mojave. I've just run the following command into terminal to see which applications are using my web cam.

lsof | grep "AppleCamera"

Google and Spotify showed up:

Spotify 668 salmon  txt REG 1,4 345968 16727731 /Library/CoreMediaIO/Plug-Ins/DAL/AppleCamera.plugin/Contents/MacOS/AppleCamera

Google 39415 salmon txt REG 1,4 345968 16727731 /Library/CoreMediaIO/Plug-Ins/DAL/AppleCamera.plugin/Contents/MacOS/AppleCamera

I assume Google Chrome has access to my camera for sites that may require it. But I have no idea why Spotify would need access? Is this something to be worried about?

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    Check and see if you can set a profile picture in the application. It could be there to take a selfie as an option. Lsof doesn't mean the app is actively (or ever has used) your camera, it's simply registering it's interest in potentially using it. – Daisetsu Dec 22 '18 at 22:40
  • This company has been noticed negatively in the past with regard to data protection. zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-21/… – Skiddie Hunter Jan 10 at 17:07

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