NY Governor issues consumer alert: Facetime bug enables spying on users before camera is on


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New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday issued a consumer alert warning New Yorkers about a bug in the Apple FaceTime app that reportedly allows users to receive audio and video from the device of the person they are calling even before the person has accepted or rejected the call.

Gov. Cuomo advised FaceTime users to temporarily disable the app until Apple issues a fix.

"The FaceTime bug is an egregious breach of privacy that puts New Yorkers at risk," Cuomo said. "In New York, we take consumer rights very seriously and I am deeply concerned by this irresponsible bug that can be exploited for unscrupulous purposes. In light of this bug, I advise New Yorkers to disable their FaceTime app until a fix is made available, and I urge Apple to release the fix without delay."

According to media reports, the FaceTime bug exists on OS devices running iOS 12.1 or later.

Users can temporarily disable the FaceTime app until a fix is released. To disable the app, open settings, select FaceTime and then shift the button to the off position.



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