Zoom updates app, stops sending data to Facebook
The application's iOS version had a code that sent user data to Facebook
Zoom, a video conferencing app, updated the iOS version of its application.
Updates are uncommon but for Zoom's users this update made a huge difference because the company removed a code that sent user data to Facebook.
The update follows Motherboard’s analysis of the app, which showed it was sending data to Facebook such as a user’s time zone and city, when a user opened the app, and details about the user’s device, even if the user didn’t have a Facebook account.
On March 25th, the company says it was made aware “that the Facebook SDK was collecting device information unnecessary for us to provide our services,” according to the post.
Zoom said the data collected did not include personal user information, but rather information about users’ devices.
It is advisable for users to update the Zoom iOS app as soon as possible with changes set to place immidiately.
Eric S. Yuan, CEO, Zoom said: “We sincerely apologize for the concern this has caused, and remain firmly committed to the protection of our users’ privacy. We are reviewing our process and protocols for implementing these features in the future to ensure this does not happen again.”