After an individual (and a collective) action, an investigation and an apology, Apple now found itself cornered by American politicians who sent a letter (PDF) to Ma's CEO Tim Cook questioning the infamous bug of Apple. FaceTime.
We are deeply concerned about recent press reports about how long it took Apple to resolve a significant privacy breach identified by 14-year-old Grant Thompson in his group FaceTime appeal.
The Democrats Letter of Authorship Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ; chairman of the US Energy and Trade Committee) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL; Chairman of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Trade).
In addition to questioning exactly when the company discovered the security breach, they ask to what extent the bug compromised consumer privacy and whether there are other undisclosed breaches that could provide unauthorized camera access to the microphones.
Representatives also called for transparency in investigating the vulnerability and for Apple to share Apple's steps to protect consumer privacy going forward. Such recommendations are reflections of the feeling that Ma has not been as sincere as "this serious question demands," according to the letter.
Other questions asked Cook include whether other users, other than young Grant Thompson, reported the problem to Apple before online repercussion. The committee also looks for details of tests conducted by the company before making the feature publicly available and why such analyzes did not identify the vulnerability in question.
This is not the first time the company has been asked about product-related failures. Just over a year ago, the US Energy and Trade Committee also sent several letters to Ma demanding explanations of security errors. Meltdown and Specter.
In this most recent case, Cook (or another Apple executive) has up to the 19th to answer questions asked by the committee. We will see what results will come from this new development.