Zoom removes SDK in its iOS client that sent user data to Facebook

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Zoom acknowledged today a privacy issue with its video conferencing app for iOS, which came under fire on Thursday after it was found sending analytics data to Facebook, courtesy of Motherboard. The company said it has now removed the Facebook SDK responsible for the unnecessary collection of data.

On Apple’s App Store, Zoom’s app has received a new update that introduces improvements to Facebook login. Zoom explained today that it has “reconfigured the feature so that users will still be able to log in with Facebook via their browser.”

The recent Motherboard report revealed that the Zoom app for iOS was sending “some analytics data to Facebook, even if Zoom users don’t have a Facebook account”. The company said the “Login with Facebook” feature used the Facebook SDK for iOS to help users access the platform more conveniently. Zoom added that the data collected by the SDK didn’t include information related to meetings like attendees, names, and notes. However, information about devices such as the mobile OS type and version, time zone, device model and carrier, screen size, processor cores, and disk space were transmitted to Facebook. The firm is advising users to update to the app’s latest version to address privacy concerns.

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