What you need to know
- Zoom has updated its iOS app to stop sharing user data with Facebook.
- The company was sharing device data when users used "Login with Facebook".
- Even users without a Facebook account were having their data harvested.
Yesterday, it was discovered that the Zoom iOS app was sharing personal data with Facebook without user consent.
A report from Motherboard showed that, while enabling the Login with Facebook SDK into the app turns on this kind of data sharing, Zoom did not disclose this data collection to its users. Even worse, the company was sharing user analytics data to the Facebook Graph API even if that user did not have a Facebook account.
Zoom immediately faced a wave of backlash for its lack of transparency. Today, it appears that the company has responded to the situation by removing the "Login with Facebook" feature from its iOS app. In a statement to Motherboard the company says that, while the SDK did collect some data, it was not "personal".
"The data collected by the Facebook SDK did not include any personal user information, but rather included data about users' devices such as the mobile OS type and version, the device time zone, device OS, device model and carrier, screen size, processor cores, and disk space."
Zoom will still give users the option to sign in to the app using Facebook, but will now do so by requiring the user to log in through a web browser. The company says that the data collection was not intended, but an oversight in its desire to make logging into its app convenient for its users.
"We sincerely apologize for this oversight, and remain firmly committed to the protection of our users' data."
If you'd like to stop sharing data with Facebook, you can download the latest version of the Zoom iOS app from the App Store.
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