iOS 5 Bug Affecting iPhone Group Messaging causes Privacy Concerns

As Apple works to put an end to the iPhone 4S battery saga once and for all with new iOS 5.1 update, reports of another iOS 5 bug have surfaced online.

If you have Group Messaging turned off, theoretically you should only receive the initial message without having to sort through any replies from group members. Instead, you get bombarded with all the messages sent by everyone entering the conversation, even though you specifically opted out of this.

While this may be merely a little annoying to some, certain users have also raised security concerns.

Apparently, all the persons from the group who received a mass message receive the complete list of the people from the group. Needless to say, this is an issue that affects the users' privacy and most of them probably don't actually realise it yet.

Initially, the problem was reported on Apple support thread, but Apple and later AT&T suggested that the issue doesn't exist. After a while, when the number of complaints grew, the company was forced to acknowledge the problem. Until Apple comes up with a solution, some are advising not to send mass messages or reply to reply to them if you don't want the aforementioned hassle / privacy issues.