Zoom iOS update removes 'feature' that sent user data to Facebook

On Friday, the videoconferencing service Zoom released an update for its iOS app, removing an SDK that sent user data to Facebook without their express consent.

Zoom for iOS was updated today to remove the Facebook SDK.

On Thursday, a motherboard report found that Zoom’s iOS app shared user analytics with Facebook without noting the practice in its privacy policy.

Specifically, the application used the Facebook SDK to integrate “Connect with Facebook”, a feature that offers quick and easy connection capabilities. However, including the SDK, Zoom automatically connected and shared information with the Facebook Graph API, even if a user did not maintain a Facebook account.

The company also did not properly inform users of its data sharing practices.

After the revelation was made public, Zoom on Friday deleted the Facebook SDK for “collecting unnecessary data on devices”.

“The data collected by the Facebook SDK did not include any personal user information, but rather included data on users’ devices such as the type and version of the mobile OS, the device time zone, the ‘Device OS, device model and operator, screen size, core processor and disk space,’ said Zoom in a statement to the motherboard.

Zoom “reconfigures” the Facebook connection function to allow users to connect with Facebook via a web browser. Users will need to download an updated version of the Zoom iOS app for the changes to take effect.

“We sincerely apologize for this error and remain firmly committed to protecting the privacy of our users,” said Zoom in its release.

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