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


Make text smaller Make text larger





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.



Make text smaller Make text larger

Comments

Pool Rules



MUST READ NEWS

Kyle J. McCann
Kyle J. McCann, age 18, unexpectedly left us and went to heaven from injuries he sustained in an automobile accident on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, in Wantage Township. Born in...
Read more »
Image

VTHS to host Bingo night
Vernon Township High School will host Cash Blast Bingo on Friday, March 8, in the cafeteria.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Read more »

Honor Roll: Vernon Township High School
Second QuarterPrincipals Honor RollGrade 9
Lindsay Burke
Morgan Burke
Wesley...

Read more »

DEP moves on Vernon dump site
By Mike Zummo
After months of applying pressure, local leaders including a grassroots citizens group finally got the state of...

Read more »
Image

VIDEOS



Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Community Newspapers



MOST READ

Obituaries
James LaCarrubba
  • Feb 15, 2019
Local News
Legislators address Vernon dump
  • Feb 15, 2019
Entertainment
Don Oriolo entertains Vernon seniors
  • Feb 18, 2019
Local News
Cedar Mountain hosts heart challenge
  • Feb 15, 2019

MOST COMMENTED



Find more about Weather in Lafayette, NJ