Apple receives lawsuit over FaceTime bug2019-01-31 14:18 by Daniela
Tags: Apple, FaceTime
A bug in Apple's FaceTime chat software allowed callers to hear audio from the phone of the person they're calling, before that person answers the call. The flaw is a serious blow for Apple, which has long prided itself on the privacy offered by its devices.
It's unclear exactly how long Apple has been aware of the FaceTime Group Chat glitch given the bug was removed from the latest iOS 12.2 public beta. There's also evidence that the tech giant was contacted about the issue via multiple avenues prior to news breaking about the bug. The tech giant said a fix would be coming soon and has disabled Group FaceTime until then.
Meanwhile, attorney Larry Williams II from Houston, Texas has sued Apple Inc. invoking unspecified punitive damages on claims of negligence, product liability, misrepresentation and warranty breach brought upon by the security flaw.
New York state Attorney General Letitia James has launched an investigation into the circumstances of Apple's recent FaceTime bug.
"This FaceTime breach is a serious threat to the security and privacy of the millions of New Yorkers who have put their trust in Apple and its products over the years," James said in a statement. "New Yorkers shouldn't have to choose between their private communications and their privacy rights."
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