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Zoom updates iOS app to remove code that has sent device data to Facebook

Video conference app Zoom updated its iOS app on Friday to remove code that sent user data to Facebook, Motherboard reports. The update follows Motherboard‘Analysis of the app, showing that it sent data to Facebook, such as a user’s time zone and city, when a user opened the app, and details about the user’s device, even if the user did not have a Facebook account. The extent of data sharing was not clearly defined according to Zoom’s privacy statement Motherboard.

According to a blog post by Zoom CEO Eric S. Yuan, Zoom implemented the “Log in with Facebook” feature using the Facebook software development kit (SDK) for iOS. The company was notified on March 25 that the Facebook SDK collected device information that was not necessary for us to provide our services, “said the post.

Zoom said the data collected does not include personal user information, but rather information about users’ devices. Users must update the iOS app to the latest version for the change to take effect, the company said.

“We sincerely apologize for the concerns this has caused and remain committed to protecting the privacy of our users,” Yuan said in the blog post. “We are reviewing our process and protocols for implementing these features in the future to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”