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New York investigates Apple's Group FaceTime privacy bug

It wants to know why Apple took as long as it did to address the issue.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
January 30, 2019
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You knew it was just a matter of time before Apple's Group FaceTime 'eavesdropping' bug drew the attention of politicians. New York Attorney General Letitia James has launched an investigation into the FaceTime flaw in hopes of understanding both its "failure to warn consumers" and reports of a "slow response" to the problem. Stated residents "need to know that their phones are safe," Governor Cuomo added.

The State Department's consumer protection division is accepting public complaints about the bug through a phone line Mondays through Fridays.

There's no guarantee the investigation will lead to action. There are reports of a mother and son reporting the issue days before it became public knowledge, but it's not clear that Apple was wasting time -- the company already has a fix planned for later in the week. It also disabled Group FaceTime remotely shortly after the bug became public knowledge. If the investigation does turn up problems with Apple's approach, though, it won't be shocking if New York takes legal action demanding swifter and more transparent responses to privacy and security issues.

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