FaceTime eavesdropping bug is a blow to privacy-touting Apple

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The report also states that if the person presses the Power button from the lock screen, their video is also sent to the caller without them knowing.

If the caller then enters their own number as that of the added caller, a group call begins even though the person being called hasn't even answered.

My family and I are running Apple iOS 12.1.3 on our iPhone XS and iPhone 7 devices.

Well, at least one of those things became a Group FaceTime glitch, which forced Apple to take action and disable the feature for now. Yes, you can call someone and listen to them even if they don't attend your call. This is apparently exactly the case with iOS, as users recently uncovered a bug in the operating system that allows FaceTime users to listen to microphone audio from any user without their actual permission.

The problem seems to be with the Group Call feature that was added to the app previous year.

In a statement, Apple said it was aware of the bug and was working to release a fix later this week.

On social media, concerned users - including Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey - suggested disabling the FaceTime function altogether, which can be done via the device's settings menu.

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The company did not respond to a request for comment.

Word of the bug came as Apple reported that profit for the last three months of 2018 dipped slightly to $20 billion while revenue fell 5 percent from the prior year to $84 billion. Though the bug has been segmented on group calls, individual FaceTime calls can still be affected.

The software patch will be issued by the end of the week.

It is activated when calling someone via FaceTime.

Sure, you can't use this to eavesdrop entirely secretly, given that the other person's phone will ring (or perhaps vibrate) when you call it.

That said, this FaceTime incident is a serious blow to Apple's carefully constructed image of the champion of privacy.