Cuomo warns NYers to disable FaceTime app amid privacy concerns

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It appears to involve the "add person" function of the FaceTime app, confusing it into activating the call recipient's microphone even before the call is accepted.

Apple customers discovered a software bug on Monday that lets people listen in on other users by way of the company's FaceTime video chat service. Without the recipient answering the phone, audio from the other user's phone is then streamed to the caller. Next, before they answer, swipe up and add yourself to the call.

The company said it had developed a fix and an update would be rolled out this week. It has disable Group FaceTime in the meantime so that it can not be used.

Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, speaks about group FaceTime during an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, June 4, 2018, in San Jose, Calif.

The bug is affected devices using versions of iOS 12.1 or later and was first reported by the website 9to5mac.

Apple has attempted to distinguish itself from rival technology companies such as Google and Facebook by boasting about its privacy record.

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Call someone from your contacts using FaceTime. As detailed, a serious FaceTime bug allows an incoming caller to hear your even if you don't pick up the call. If the recipient hit the power or volume button, the phone would broadcast video as well, the Vergereported.

NY governor Andrew Cuomo issued a consumer alert for the product.

It's possible Apple may have been able to eliminate this issue before the vast majority of fans even noticed it, however.

"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".

Alternatively on an iPhone or iPad select "Settings", then "FaceTime" after which you can turn off the green toggle at the top of the screen. In its iOS 12.1 security document from last November, Apple called iOS "a major leap forward in security for mobile devices".