New York State Attorney General, Letitia James, initiated an investigation into the circumstances of the recent FaceTime bug. The bug, which allowed callers to listen and look through the camera of a phone before a call was accepted, became public knowledge on Monday, and since then Apple has remotely deactivated the feature.
The AG’s office will focus on Apple’s slow response to the bug, which was reported to the company more than a week before it became public.
This FaceTime violation is a serious threat to the safety and privacy of millions of New Yorkers who have placed their trust in Apple and its products over the years,
James said in a statement.
New Yorkers should not choose between their private communications and their privacy rights.
The move comes just two days after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a consumer alert on the bug, warning citizens to disable FaceTime until a solution is released.
“The FaceTime bug is a serious privacy violation that puts New Yorkers at risk,” said Cuomo. “I am deeply concerned about this irresponsible bug that can be exploited for unscrupulous purposes.”
The bug has also attracted attention at the federal level, where many legislators are pushing pushed for a new data privacy law. Shortly after the news of the bug, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) has defined
“A clear violation of consumer privacy laws and a reminder of why we need complete privacy legislation”.
In short, everyone wondered why Apple responded so slowly to the bug. Investigations are under way