Apple has disabled a group-chat function in FaceTime after users said a software bug could let callers activate another person’s microphone remotely. (Jan. 29)
A Houston attorney has sued Apple saying the FaceTime bug, which can allow someone who calls you listen to your conversations even if you don’t answer, let an unknown person eavesdrop on a private discussion with a client, according to Bloomberg.
Attorney Larry Williams II said the glitch caused his iPhone to listen in while he was taking sworn testimony during a client deposition, according to a complaint filed in Harris County (Texas) Civic Court, Bloomberg reported. The glitch intrudes on the privacy of “one’s most intimate conversations without consent,” he said in the suit.
Apple on Monday acknowledged a bug with the FaceTime video-calling app on its devices where users can eavesdrop on your conversations before you pick up the call, or even if you don’t answer it. Apple disabled the app’s group chat function.
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In a statement to USA TODAY, Apple said it is “aware of this issue and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week.”
In his suit, Williams is seeking unspecified punitive damages on his claims of negligence, product liability, misrepresentation and warranty breach.
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