Apple Inc. is implementing software updates for iPhones to solve a privacy problem in its FaceTime video call service and said it would contribute to the education of the Arizona teenager who discovered the problem. The software error, which had allowed users to listen to the audio of people who had not yet responded to a video call, was discovered by a high school student from Tucson, Arizona, Grant Thompson, who with his mother Michele led Apple to deactivate FaceTime’s group chat as their engineers researched the subject
The technology giant said it would compensate the Thompson family and give an additional gift to the education of Grant, 14. Apple also formally credited Thompson and Daven Morris of Arlington, Texas in the release notes to their latest iPhone software update. “In addition to solving the error that was reported, our team conducted a comprehensive security audit of the FaceTime service and made additional updates to both the FaceTime application and the server to improve security,” Apple said in a statement. Two key members of the US House of Representatives UU The Democrats asked Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook on Tuesday to answer questions about the error and said they were “deeply concerned” about the time it took Apple to address the security issue. The company said last week it was planning to improve the way it handles software bug reports.