ALBANY, NY — January 29, 2019 — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued a consumer alert yesterday 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. The Governor 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,” Governor 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.
An Apple spokesperson has today said: “We’re aware of this issue and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week.”
Apple has temporarily disabled Group FaceTime calling, but security experts recommend shutting off FaceTime entirely.
As soon as an update becomes available, you should install it immediately.
SOURCE: New York State | Executive Chamber | Press Office