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Video conferencing app Zoom to stop sending data to Facebook – More details

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In a major development, popular video conferencing app Zoom has updated its iOS app and has expunged the software development kit (SDK) which was providing users data to Facebook through the Login with a Facebook feature.

“Zoom takes its users’ privacy extremely seriously. We originally implemented the ‘Login with Facebook’ feature using the Facebook SDK in order to provide our users with another convenient way to access our platform. However, we were recently made aware that the Facebook SDK was collecting unnecessary device data,” a company spokesperson was quoted as saying in a MacRumors report on Saturday.

“We will be removing the Facebook SDK and reconfiguring the feature so that users will still be able to login with Facebook via their browser. Users will need to update to the latest version of our application once it becomes available in order for these changes to take hold, and we encourage them to do so,” the spokesperson further added.

Earlier this week, a network traffic analysis was carried out by Motherboard and it informed that Zoom for iOS was sending data to Facebook and that, there was no mention of any such practice in its privacy policy.

Zoom has now gained prominence and it has become popular as a video conferencing solution for both work and more social settings primarily due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This has forced the world to be in a state of lockdown. Hence, Zoom has gained a lot of traction in the recent past. It has also offered a number of offerings for educators, learners, as well as those working from home.

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