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  • Zoom for iOS shares data with Facebook even with no Facebook account

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    Home Forums Code Red – Security/Privacy advisories Zoom for iOS shares data with Facebook even with no Facebook account

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        Alex5723
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        Zoom’s iOS app is sending off analytics data to Facebook without warning, even if users don’t have a Facebook account.

        ..What the company and its privacy policy don’t make clear is that the iOS version of the Zoom app is sending some analytics data to Facebook, even if Zoom users don’t have a Facebook account, according to a Motherboard analysis of the app.

        This sort of data transfer is not uncommon, especially for Facebook; plenty of apps use Facebook’s software development kits (SDK) as a means to implement features into their apps more easily, which also has the effect of sending information to Facebook. But Zoom users may not be aware it is happening, nor understand that when they use one product, they may be providing data to another service altogether…

        https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/k7e599/zoom-ios-app-sends-data-to-facebook-even-if-you-dont-have-a-facebook-account

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        OscarCP
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        Doesn’t this also happens when one visits a Web site with visible links to Facebook, Twitter, etc. on the page (“contact us with…” ? I remember reading, some time ago, that to be the case.

        Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS + Linux (Mint)

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        anonymous
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        Also probably these sites are using Facebook Pixel which is some amount of embedded JavaScript that will phone home to their servers and collects diverse tracking data about interactions with a site.

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        Michael Austin
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        ..What the company and its privacy policy don’t make clear is that the iOS version of the Zoom app is sending some analytics data to Facebook, even if Zoom users don’t have a Facebook account, according to a Motherboard analysis of the app.

        Well now, isn’t that charming. It just shows to go ya that pretty much every company’s software needs independent audits on an intermittent basis. An unpredictable basis for the software publisher. I use Zoom on iOS but very seldom. In addition:  Zoom’s alleged tech support is abysmal because their system opens tickets but Zoom doesn’t respond unless you call them out.

        Finance, social and tech founder. My new, planet-wide talk show, Casual Saints, is being readied for a May-ish 2020 😉 debut.

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        Alex5723
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        Zoom’s iOS app is sending off analytics data to Facebook

        Zoom has removed Facebook SDK from its iOS app. There is a new version in Apple’s App Store

        Zoom’s Use of Facebook’s SDK in iOS Client :

        Zoom takes its users’ privacy extremely seriously. We would like to share a change that we have made regarding the use of Facebook’s SDK.

        We originally implemented the “Login with Facebook” feature using the Facebook SDK for iOS (Software Development Kit) in order to provide our users with another convenient way to access our platform. However, we were made aware on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, that the Facebook SDK was collecting device information unnecessary for us to provide our services. …..Our customers’ privacy is incredibly important to us, and therefore we decided to remove the Facebook SDK in our iOS client and have reconfigured the feature so that users will still be able to log in with Facebook via their browser. ..

        Zoom’s Use of Facebook’s SDK in iOS Client

        https://apps.apple.com/us/app/zoom-cloud-meetings/id546505307

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