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Zoom, the video conferencing app leaves something to be desired on the privacy side (iOS)

Zoom is a business-oriented group video calling app whose popularity has risen a lot in the past few weeks, as many people, in response to the SARS-CoV-2 emergency, have to work from home. However, an investigation conducted by Motherboard revealed that the iOS app sends data to Facebook even if the user does not have a Facebook account; and that the privacy policy does not explain it properly.

According to the survey, Zoom connects to the Graph API social media in blue as soon as the app is opened. Graph, says the American newspaper, is the "main method for developers to move data to and from Facebook". The information sent includes:

  • when the user opens the app
  • on what device
  • where the device is located (generic position, identifiable by city and time zone)
  • unique identification code for advertising, which Facebook can use to send personalized ads to the user.

Contacted for a statement, Facebook said that those who use its APIs must provide the end user with transparent and precise information. Zoom instead did not respond. It is worth noting that it is not the first time that the app has been criticized for the management of privacy: a few days ago, the EFF said that the organizer of the calls can check whether the participants have the conversation window open or if they are doing something else, and that the administrators can collect information such as IP address, location data and model of the device used to connect all participants.

At the moment there is no information on the app for Android, it is also entirely plausible that the situation is the same.