As millions of people start working and learning from home in the response of concerns over coronavirus outbreak, video conferencing app such as Zoom has become seasonable.

Zoom App for iPhone

However, according to Motherboard, Zoom was sending user’s data to Facebook, which was not specified in the app’s privacy policy. This happened when users opened the app, even when they did not have a Facebook account. Accordingly, Zoom would connect to Facebook’s Graph API and share details of users’ devices such as model, time zone and city, and advertising identification data.

“We originally implemented the ‘Login with Facebook’ feature using the Facebook SDK for iOS (Software Development Kit) to provide our users with another convenient way to access our platform. However, we were made aware on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, that the Facebook SDK was collecting device information unnecessary for us to provide our services.”

,as stated in Zoom CEO Eric S. Yuan’s Blogspot.

After the report of Motherboard became public, Zoom promptly updated its IOS app Friday to remove code that sends data to Facebook. The app claims that they did collect the data of user’s personal information such as names meeting attendees, or notes, instead, information about users’ devices. Users need to update the app to the latest version, made available on March 27, to remove the code that sent data to Facebook.

“We sincerely apologize for the concern this has caused, and remain firmly committed to the protection of our users’ privacy,” Yuan said in the blog post. “We are reviewing our process and protocols for implementing these features in the future to ensure this does not happen again.”

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