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 '19 at 17:07

I noticed the same thing. It turned to be the audio driver that enabled some shady/unuseful thing to track your face for audio spatialization. Try to disable this or restore previous driver's version.

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Spotify uses "Spotify Codes", which is based on QR codes. It would need camera access for that.

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If you're sitting on a parked airplane, no movement, spotify will ask you if you're in a car. Only way it would know I'm in some sort of a transportation vessel would be if it's accessing my camera and recognizing the confined space.

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    Using the camera "to recognise the confined space" is pure speculation, and a poor one. It makes no sense. If it wanted to sense its surroundings, using the microphone would be a much, much better way to do that (echos). Do you have any way to support your speculation? – schroeder Feb 19 at 7:29
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    I should imagine Spotify uses GPS to track your speed over distance to determine if you're in a car. Writing a program to reliably detect if you were in a vessel would be unreliable and insanely difficult. – Sam Feb 19 at 11:49

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