Apple releases fix for FaceTime bug

Apple releases fix for FaceTime bug
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Apple released an iPhone update Thursday to fix a bug in its FaceTime app that allowed callers to listen in on other devices even if their calls had not been accepted.

The repair is included in the latest update to Apple’s iOS 12 system available Thursday, according to The Associated Press

Apple had temporarily shut down the group feature of the popular app while it worked to develop a permanent fix to the bug.


“We sincerely apologize to our customers who were affected and all who were concerned about this security issue,” the company said in a statement last week. “We appreciate everyone's patience as we complete this process.”

The bug sparked concerns over users' privacy, with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) last week calling for the company to address the problem "with serious emergency mitigations, followed as soon as possible by a software update that removes the flaw."

The FaceTime malfunction comes after Apple CEO Tim Cook endorsed strengthening privacy laws and excoriated Facebook and Twitter for not doing enough to protect their users, according to the AP.

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.Frank Joseph PalloneOvernight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments Obstacles remain for deal on surprise medical bills This week: House impeachment inquiry hits crucial stretch MORE (D-N.J.), the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Jan SchakowskyJanice (Jan) Danoff SchakowskyHouse Democrats may call new impeachment witnesses if Senate doesn't Lawmaker calls for hearing into MLB cheating scandal Big Pharma looks to stem losses after trade deal defeat MORE (D-Ill.), who leads the panel’s consumer protection subcommittee, demanded answers from Cook over the bug this week.

“As such, we are writing to better understand when Apple first learned of this security flaw, the extent to which the flaw has compromised consumers’ privacy, and whether there are other undisclosed bugs that currently exist and have not been addressed,” they wrote to Cook on Tuesday.

Pallone and Schakowsky also sent a list of questions to Apple, asking when the company first became aware of the bug, demanding a full timeline of the incident and inquiring if there have been any other bugs that were not disclosed.