Zoom Stops Facebook SDK Use after Data Sharing Exposed

Zoom has updated its iOS app to stop sending specific data to Facebook. Zoom's announcement came after Motherboard reported that data such as timezone, city, device details, and time of app open were sent to Facebook without users' knowledge. Upon digging into the practice, Motherboard also reported that Zoom's privacy policy was something less than clear on the information shared with Facebook.

Alongside the iOS update, Zoom provided Motherboard with a statement:

“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."

Zoom went on the clarify the exact data that was shared with it. Zoom claims the data included no personal user information. The company expanded, the shared information included:

"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 Facebook data sharing came as a result of Zoom using the Facebook SDK. Zoom has now decided it will remove the SDK and allow users to utilize Facebook ID sign in through the browser. For those concerned with the sharing, updating to the latest Zoom app version is required to ensure the sharing does not continue.

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