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Zoom video calling app shares data with Facebook without permission

The video calling app Zoom has long been recognized as one of the most popular apps for video conferencing and teleworking meetings, thanks to factors such as its availability on almost all relevant platforms, including Android, iOS, iPadOS, MacOS, web and Windows 10. However, it is now under investigation for infringing certain privacy standards.

According to the information published by iphonehacks Zoom, one of the favorite apps to communicate during the quarantine, could be sending iOS analytical data to the Facebook servers , even if the social network is not installed on the iPhone or if the user does not have an account.

Zoom video calling app shares data with Facebook without permission
Zoom video calling app shares data with Facebook without permission

When the user connects to Zoom from their iPhone , Facebook receives a notification and details information about the device, the device model, the time zone, the network operator and a unique ad ID that can be used to target ads later.

A security expert explains that users may be unaware of this behavior, and may not know that their data can be sent to Facebook even if they are not using the social networking application. For its part, Zuckerberg’s company assures that this is a risk known to developers who use its SDK and it is these who should mention it in their privacy policies, a duty that Zoom has not fulfilled with Facebook, but without Google. as it explains in its policies:

To prevent these interferences in privacy, with intention or not, an alternative is to access the video call through the browser to avoid the associated kits sharing the information that until now, is only shared from iOS.

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