Credit: AppleLate yesterday (Jan. 28), a FaceTime flaw was discovered that allows other people to listen in on you in Group FaceTime calls even if you never pick up. According to Venture Beat, a glitch allowed users to start a Group FaceTime and listen in on someone's phone, even if they hadn't picked up yet. When you call someone and then use the menu option to add another party to the call before the first recipient answers, you can receive audio and video from that first person's device - without them realizing it. And, shockingly, shortly after the call began the recipient hit the power button to end the call - and then the camera began sending back video.
Privacy nightmare: Apple prides itself on protecting users' privacy, so this is deeply embarrassing for the company.
"We're aware of this issue and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week", an Apple spokesperson told Reuters.
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Several reporters noted that the FaceTime capability on an Apple Mac computer rings for longer than if calling an iPhone. In fact, it even affects Mac users if they are being called by an iPhone user. The company, which attracted criticism from business and political leaders, said earlier on Monday that it would release a software update "later this week" to fix the bug.
Andrew Cuomo, the Governor of NY, issued a statement saying that the "FaceTime bug is an egregious breach of privacy that puts New Yorkers at risk".
He said: "The FaceTime bug is an egregious breach of privacy that puts New Yorkers at risk".
So far, Apple hasn't commented on the bug, but it's good bet the company is preparing a fix.