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Zoom sends your data to Facebook, whether you have an account or not

As people work and socialize from home, Zoom is experiencing a surge in popularity. What the company and its privacy policy don't do is make clear that the iOS version of the Zoom app sends some data to Facebook, even if Zoom users don't have a Facebook account.

This kind of data transfer is not uncommon, especially for Facebook. Many applications use deployment kits software of Facebook (SDK) as a means of making features easier to implement in their applications, which also results in the deployment information on Facebook. However, Zoom users may not know this is happening, nor do they understand why while using a product, they may be providing data to another completely different service.

"There is nothing in privacy policy that addresses this," said Pat Walshe, a Privacy Matters activist who Privacy Policy of Zoom, in a direct message to Twitter.

After downloading and opening the application, Zoom connects to the API Graph of the Facebook API, according to the Motherboard's analysis of the application's network activity. The Graph API is the main way for developers to get data in or out of Facebook.

The Zoom app updates Facebook when the user opens the app and gives details about the user's device, such as the model, time zone, and city from which they are connected, the phone used provider and a unique advertiser ID created by the user device that companies use to target a user with the appropriate ads.

Will Strafach, an iOS researcher and founder of the iOS app Guardian that focuses on privacy, confirmed Motherboard's findings that the Zoom app sent data to Facebook.

"I understand how users can feel about Zoom and other companies that seem to be sending data to Facebook, even if there is no direct evidence that sensitive data "They 'share' the current versions," he told Motherboard in a direct Twitter message.

According to Zoom policy, the company may collect user profile information (when you use Facebook to sign in to our products or to create an account for our products) “but nothing is said about sending data to Facebook to Zoom users who do not have a Facebook account.

Facebook told Motherboard that it requires developers to be transparent with users about the data their applications send to Facebook. Facebook Terms states that "If you use pixels or SDKs, be sure to provide users with a reliable and sufficiently honest notice about the collection, sharing and use of customer data" and specifically for applications. collects or receives information from your application and other applications and uses that information to provide metrics and targeted ads. "

Zoom privacy policy states that “third-party service providers and advertising partners (e.g., Google ads and Google Analytics) automatically collect some information about you when you use our products ”, but does not link this type of activity to Facebook specifically.

Zoom also has other potential privacy issues. As we told you earlier article For us, Zoom Call hosts can see if participants have the Zoom window open or not, which means they can monitor if people are paying close attention to the call.


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