Once again, Zoom has made it to the news. But this time, it isn’t about any cyber attack or vulnerability, rather a somewhat deliberate privacy breach. As revealed, Zoom iOS app shares data with Facebook even for those users who do not have a Facebook account.
Zoom iOS App Sharing Data With Facebook
Reportedly, Motherboard has recently disclosed how the Zoom video conferencing app risks the privacy of iPhone users. Specifically, they shed light on how the Zoom iOS app shares users’ data with Facebook.
As elaborated in their post, Zoom iOS app exhibits this behavior even in case of users who don’t use Facebook. This happens since Zoom uses a Facebook API which leads to sharing data with Facebook by the developers.
According to Motherboard,
Upon downloading and opening the app, Zoom connects to Facebook’s Graph API… The Graph API is the main way developers get data in or out of Facebook.
In this way, Zoom not only alerts Facebook when a user opens the app, but also shares users’ information including device model, carrier, unique Advertiser ID, city, and time zone.
Hence, it seems a breach of privacy for iOS users. It also seemingly violates Facebook’s terms. According to Facebook’s technology terms, app developers using Facebook’s SDK’s need to explicitly inform the users about sharing of information with Facebook for measurement services and ad targeting.
For now, Zoom hasn’t commented on anything in this discovery by Motherboard. Let’s wait to hear how they justify this act. Until then, iOS users should think about using Zoom on their devices, especially those who do not use Facebook.