Technology Zoom stops sharing the iOS app with Facebook

Zoom stops sharing the iOS app with Facebook


For the “Login with Facebook” function, the Facebook SDK (Software Development Kit) was implemented in the iOS version of the video conference app Zoom. When it became public that data from users who had not logged in with a Facebook account was also transferred and this procedure was not mentioned in the data protection guidelines, the company behind the app has now responded and the Facebook SDK from the iOS version removed the Zoom app in the current version.

The company points out that the data transfer to Facebook will only be terminated with the Zoom update released on Friday and strongly recommends updating to the new version. The login with a Facebook account is still possible via the browser, the function was adapted accordingly, according to the company’s blog entry.

It has long been known that Facebook collects data when using its functions on third-party websites and apps, even if you are not logged in to Facebook or do not even have a Facebook account. In the case of Zoom, however, the corresponding information was missing in the data protection guidelines. The company has according to the announcement opted to remove the feature instead of adjusting the privacy policy.

In the past, the company has been criticized for video conferencing software because conference hosts got clues when the zoom window ran in the background for more than 30 seconds. Last year Apple released a macOS update that removed the service’s web server, which remained on the system even after uninstalling the zoom software and listened to requests.




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