The Coronavirus pandemic forced employees around the world to work from home, Zoom has become the video conferencing service of choice for hundreds of thousands of people. Zoom provides high-quality video and many useful features, but the privacy protection issues surrounding the application continue to increase.
The Motherboard website revealed in a new report that Zoom is leaking the private information of thousands of users to strangers. Last week, Motherboard reported that Zoom ’s iOS app is sending analytics data to Facebook even if the user is not logged into Facebook or does not have a Facebook account.
Thankfully, Zoom removed the Facebook SDK from its application shortly after the report was published, but it seems that Facebook is just the tip of the iceberg of Zoom privacy issues, and many problems have emerged recently. In the latest report on Zoom from Motherboard, it was revealed that the video conferencing service is leaking the email addresses and photos of thousands of users and making strangers try to call them.
Zoom says, “By default, your Zoom contacts directory contains internal users in the same organization, who are either on the same account or who’s email address uses the same domain as yours (except for publicly used domains including gmail.com, yahoo.com, hotmail.com, etc) in the Company Directory section.”