IOS version of the Zoom application no longer sends private data to Facebook

The need for telecommuting communication triggered conversational and productivity applications such as Teams, Slack, but also Zoom, which became one of the most popular during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the iOS version of the application was accused of sharing analytical data with Facebook, even in situations where users did not have an account created on the social network, as Motherboard discovered. Questions were raised about the privacy of users, with regard to sharing location and other details of equipment with the social network.

The application has now been updated to stop sending data, leading the company to recognize that some of the information sent was unnecessary. As explained, the application originally had an authentication functionality through Facebook, implemented in the SDK for iOS, to facilitate users accessing the platform.

It was only recently that the company realized that the Facebook SDK was collecting unnecessary data from the equipment for the application to function, as explained in a message on its blog. The data collected mentioned the versions of the smartphone's operating system, time zone, model, operator, screen size, processors and free space. The company ensures that sensitive data such as activities related to meetings, names of stakeholders and notes taken during meetings were not shared.

In the most recent update of Zoom, the company removed the Facebook SDK from the iOS version, having reconfigured it so that users can continue to authenticate through their social network account, but via the internet browser.