IPhone FaceTime bug lets you listen in on someone before they answer

Apple demonstrates Group Facetime at WWDC 2018

Apple demonstrates Group Facetime at WWDC 2018

On your device, it looks like the call is active even if the other party has not joined yet, with audio and video through the front camera both being active on the recipient's phone.

Second, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and add yourself to the call.

The bug, which Reuters was able to replicate, allows an iPhone user placing a call using Apple's FaceTime video calling feature to hear audio from the recipient's phone even if the recipient has not yet picked up the call.

The bug emerged on Data Privacy Day when Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook called for "action and reform for vital privacy protections".

As a result of the bug, it's actually possible to listen to an ongoing FaceTime conversation without the person on the other end knowing you can hear them. There's no way to limit FaceTime only to your friends, from what we know.

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On Monday Apple said the issue will be addressed in a software update "later this week".

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about the FaceTime flaw.

Since Apple isn't approaching this problem with enough urgency, we recommend disabling FaceTime for now.

On an iPhone or iPad, head to Settings FaceTime and toggle FaceTime off.

To disable FaceTime on a Mac, open the FaceTime app and select FaceTime Turn FaceTime Off.

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