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Parliamentary questions
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31 January 2019
E-000584-19
Question for written answer E-000584-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Monika Beňová (S&D)

 Subject:  Apple glitch in violation of privacy rules
 Answer in writing 

Recently, a glitch on Apple devices meant that people could eavesdrop on other people because it enabled their microphones and cameras. The glitch occurred in FaceTime: an application used by millions of people in the European Union.

It was triggered when the party receiving a call performed certain tasks, such as pressing the power button. The glitch may already have violated the privacy of thousands of people in various situations, ranging from business meetings to casual coffee breaks.

Is the Commission aware of this issue?

Is it prepared to take steps against Apple?

Will it investigate Apple for violating the privacy of European citizens?

Last updated: 14 February 2019Legal notice