Zoom, the popular video application is leaking your data
As we all practice social distancing, a rise in the need for video conference has exploded and so has one of the most popular software, Zoom. The company is now facing a federal lawsuit – for allegedly collecting and sending personal user data to third-party sites.
Zoom users are probably not aware that by using Zoom they are also providing data to another service.
An analysis by Vice’s Motherboard found that iOS version of the Zoom app is notifying Facebook whenever users open the Zoom app. It also shares what phone or device users are on, the phone carrier, location and a unique advertising identifier.
— DHH (@dhh) March 28, 2020
In a statement to Motherboard sent Friday, Zoom said:
“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.”
People took to social media to call out the shady practices of the popular site.
If universities are going to ask/force us to teach online, we should be able to securely communicate with students without Google, Zoom and unknown others surveilling, collecting and monetizing data. If such conditions cannot be met, then our classrooms no longer belong to us.
— Dr. Fleming is Giving Everybody A’s (@alwaystheself) March 31, 2020
In response to bad press, Zoom “added a preface to say that “we do not sell your personal data” — which is weak horseshit because that’s *exactly* what Facebook says. They do everything BUT sell your data (rent it, give ad partners access, etc).
Anyway, this is a good thread. https://t.co/M8ZM3TMjdQ
— Violet Blue® (@violetblue) March 30, 2020
This discovery seriously brings into question what is collected from our favorite websites and apps? To what extent is our data shared and to whom is our data being sold?