Zoom sends data to Facebook because privacy is a myth

The Zoom video conferencing application has become very popular lately, as more and more people work from home. But you should know that there is a problem with protecting your privacy.

Last night, Vice announced that Zoom's iOS app is sending data to Facebook - even if you do not have an account on the largest social network.


Perhaps most shockingly, the company's privacy policy says nothing about this. Thus, the application does not mention anywhere that it sends your data to the social network.

Joseph Cox told its publication to Vice that every time you open the app, it sends your data to Facebook. The data includes: your device model, network provider, time zone, your city and your unique device identifier. Needless to say, all this data can be used by advertisers to serve you targeted .

Η πολιτική του Facebook για την χρήση του κιτ ανάπτυξης λογισμικού ( Kit ή απλά SDK) και την μέσω pixel είναι αρκετά σαφής: ένας ιστότοπος ή μια εφαρμογή που το χρησιμοποιεί θα πρέπει να αναφέρει ρητά ότι τα δεδομένα σας μοιράζονται με τρίτους. Επιπλέον, θα πρέπει να διαθέτει και μια block tracking. The Zoom app doesn't mention anything about all of this.

Last week, the non-profit Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) for digital rights pointed out some of the risks για την προστασία της ιδιωτικής μας ζωής με την χρήση των προϊόντων Zoom. Η δημοσίευση ανέφερε ότι οι διαχειριστές της εταιρείας σας μπορούν να έχουν πρόσβαση σε αρκετές πληροφορίες σας κατά τη μιας συνάντησης, όπως: πληροφορίες για την συσκευή, την διεύθυνση IP και το that you use. Additionally, the app has an attention tracking feature, which is disabled by default. This feature allows those who start a session to control whether the Zoom application window is enabled or not on desktop computers.

It may be very difficult to avoid Zoom right now, especially if your colleagues or clients use the service.

However, instead of using the app itself, you can join a meeting by opening a link in your browser (mobile or desktop) and avoiding the intrusive features of the app.
A developer (Arkadiy Tetelman) also created a easy-to-use extension of που μπορεί να σας ανακατευθύνει στην web έκδοση της συνεδρίας.


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