New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Attorney General Letitia James announced on Wednesday that they will investigate the technological giant Apple for an alleged breach of privacy by not informing their customers of a failure in their video call application ” FaceTime. ”
“New Yorkers deserve to know that their phones are safe and can not be used against them,” Cuomo said in a statement, referring to a “bug” (FaceTime) that allowed users to receive audio and video. of the person with whom they intended to contact before it accepted or rejected the call.
The governor called Apple’s ruling a “serious issue related to consumer rights and asked the Division of Consumer Protection to render assistance” in any way possible. ”
Meanwhile, James said that the” FaceTime “ruling it is a “serious threat to the security and privacy of millions of New Yorkers who have placed their trust in Apple and its products during these years.” He
announced that the New York Attorney General will conduct a detailed investigation of Apple’s response to the situation, and will evaluate your actions in relation to state laws. “New Yorkers should not have to choose between their private communications and their right to privacy,” James said.
As part of the investigation, the Consumer Protection Division has made available to the public a telephone number they can call to report moments when they experienced this “FaceTime” failure.
According to the statement, some information indicates that the virus was alerted to the application until a week before it was announced in the media and that the company decided to deactivate it to work on the relevant repairs.
On Monday, Cuomo, who said he was “deeply concerned” about how the flaw could be “used for immoral purposes,” issued an alert to warn New Yorkers of the flaw, which according to local media affects devices that use the iOS 12.1 operating system or later.