Facebook receiving data is typical for apps that are made with it’s own SDK. That is used by developers to ensure Facebook’s features can be easily implemented. But that is not the case for Zoom iOS app, and users of the app aren’t even aware of this. Zoom users may not even understand that when they use this app they are providing Facebook with data.
Motherboard’s research substantiated
Statement from Zoom
Zoom replied back to Motherboard with a statement after it published its findings. “Zoom takes its users’ privacy extremely seriously. We originally implemented the ‘Login with Facebook’ feature using the Facebook SDK in order to provide our users with another convenient way to access our platform. However, we were recently made aware that the Facebook SDK was collecting unnecessary device data,” the statement read, and described the data being collected as the same sorts of information that Motherboard identified.
“To address this, in the next few days, we will be removing the Facebook SDK and reconfiguring the feature so that users will still be able to login with Facebook via their browser. Users will need to update to the latest version of our application once it becomes available in order for these changes to take hold, and we encourage them to do so. We sincerely apologize for this oversight, and remain firmly committed to the protection of our users’ data,” the statement added. Zoom apparently has other potential privacy issues in the app as well. These include According to the EFF, hosts on Zoom calls can see if participants have their Zoom window open or not. Administrators can also apparently see IP address, location data, and device information of each participant.