Sun. Jun 7th, 2020

Zoom app to share user data with Facebook, even if the user does not have a Facebook account

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During the coronavirus epidemic, countries around the world are promoting different levels of bans, and more and more corporate employees are being forced to work remotely from home and conduct video conferences.

In the market, the Zoom market share in the field of remote conference software is very high. During the coronavirus epidemic, Zoom helped remote offices and also lifted some restrictions on payment functions.

Unfortunately, after the analysis of media, it was found that this well-known software even shared user data to Facebook privately, even if the user does not have a Facebook account, the data will be shared.

This kind of data sharing behavior Zoom did not inform users or alert to potential privacy issues, especially when sharing user data with Facebook.

During the analysis of media, it was found that this well-known remote conference software will collect the application startup time, device and location information of the iOS device, and the operator when it starts.

Although there is no direct evidence that the software collects and shares users’ sensitive data, it is also clearly problematic to share data with Facebook without notifying users.

Data collection is not directly collected by the Zoom application, but Zoom integrates the FacebookSDK and this SDK toolkit collects data.

Each time the application is launched, the Facebook SDK will connect to the Facebook server and upload the collected user data to the Facebook server for archiving.

Of course, Zoom also knows that Facebook will collect user data. In the privacy policy, Zoom states that even if the user does not have a Facebook account, the data is shared.

Facebook will use these collected data to match users and try to make user portraits. Eventually, this data will be shared with advertisers to push precision ads and so on.

Zoom has not issued any statement on the matter at this time, but Facebook says the data is strictly regulated but Facebook also acknowledges that the data may be used for advertising purposes.

Via: MotherBoard