tech2 News StaffMar 30, 2020 09:06:17 IST
Update: Since the report last week, Zoom stopped sending data to Facebook and told Motherboard that it did not share any sensitive user data with Facebook but only "data about users’ devices such as the mobile OS type and version, the device time zone, device OS, device model and carrier, screen size, processor cores, and disk space".
The video conferencing app, Zoom, while popular otherwise too, has gained a lot of traction lately during the Coronavirus outbreak, which has forced people to stay in to keep safe.
The report states that when the Zoom app is downloaded and installed on an iOS device, the app connects to the Facebook Graph API. This is not an uncommon practice since there are a lot of apps out there that use Facebook software development kits (SDKs) to implement features into their software.
Further, the report also claims that Zoom sends a notification to Facebook every time the following actions are taken:
- an iOS app is opened
- what device a user is using
- what carrier they're on
- what city and time zone they're connecting from
- unique advertiser tag
Even in 2019, a security researcher discovered a zero-day flaw in the Zoom app that left users vulnerable webcam hijacking.
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