Apple Privacy : FaceTime bug

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Jan 28 19 Comments

Apple keeps branding themselves as a company that cares about privacy lot. Six hours before the security bug on FaceTime news came up, Tim Cook tweeted about how apple cares deeply about data privacy on Twitter. I hope they are hiring amazing engineers.

Is Apple really working hard on privacy or is it a publicity stunt to sell more products ?

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  • Apple / Eng BangOver
    Invest in a dictionary, dear friend. Caring about privacy is not incompatible with software engineering ineptitude. I’ve been at Apple a while now and I can assure you it’s bothersome how important privacy is. It’s incredibly hard for any engineer to use user data to improve any service unlike what happens in companies like G it F. It’s both awesome from a user privacy stand pint, and horrible from an engineer stand point dreaming of having access to data coming from a huge user base and facing legal teams always stopping you.
    Jan 28 2
    • New / Eng
      millermjhg

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      We pay for Apple products so that they care about tour privacy and not design such mediocre apps that leaks audio even before you take the call. It’s software design flaw and I can’t digest the fact that it was there from October because that’s when they released FaceTime group support. Regarding your comment about data usage, Apple does use our data for improving the services and if you care about to know about your policies you would have come across this pop in window whenever you start your apple devices asking “can you share the data to improve our services?” And by the way if apple uses my data internally and not sell them I wouldn’t care but I care when they design shitty softwares that can give access to others and this bug is so horrible that you don’t need to be a hacker or programmer you just have to follow some rules to access someone’s voice. This is disgusting.
      Jan 28
    • Apple / Eng BangOver
      Then make a poll about Apple issues when designing “softwares”, not about privacy. It’s not rocket science, just knowing what words mean.
      Jan 28
  • Apple ratWheel
    We all know someone in our career who f***d up. And as an engineer we should atleast understand difference between bad software and blatant privacy abuses. Apple goes at extreme length to protect user privacy. We all can complain about buggy software on some other thread.
    Jan 28 3
    • Google LockUnlock
      But do you agree that apple should invest more in good software engineering if it really cares about privacy?
      Jan 29
    • Microsoft
      Tier 1

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      This isn’t just bad. This is really really REALLY bad. Unforgivably bad.
      Jan 29
    • Apple ///
      @tier 1 and got fixed overnight, relax babe
      Jan 29
  • Apple / QA GapQ34
    The question really is how could they have caught this earlier? It definitely isn’t a user scenario.
    Jan 29 4
    • You tell us, QA!!!
      Jan 29
    • Apple sane
      QA heads will roll or it will be negatively affecting their performance review for this mess..
      Jan 29
    • Apple / Eng
      iHateFruit

      Apple Eng

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      Apple
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      Someone in QA is getting fired.
      Jan 29
    • Apple / QA GapQ34
      Shouldn’t it also be the devs that get horrible crap for this?
      Jan 29
  • Microsoft wbYt28
    Apple definitely cares more about privacy. This is an engineering fuck up, not selling data for profit.
    Jan 29 0
  • Apple / Eng BangOver
    Which teacher cares more about fairness?
    1) a teacher that says “fairness is really important for us” and keeps future exam questions in a safe. But then in a crappy twist, the safe’s passcode is theirs birthday, OR
    2) a teacher who has no issues in selling future exam questions to students and parents, letting students mine other students answers for sending them ads, etc.?
    Jan 29 0
  • This is a false equivalency. Bad bug != intentional invasion of privacy
    Jan 29 0
  • Apple / Eng
    iHateFruit

    Apple Eng

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    Apple does care a lot about privacy, which I really respect.

    Our engineers are just shit at their job, not an ethical issue.
    Jan 29 0
  • Apple jgeh
    Meh, tempest in a teapot compared to bugs from other companies.
    Jan 29 0
  • Microsoft zDce41
    What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone.
    Jan 28 1

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