Monday, August 10, 2020

Zoom illegally shared data with Facebook, according to lawsuit

Zoom gave its users data to Facebook illegally, without telling them, according to a new lawsuit that has been put up against the company. Zoom failed to mention or even tell its user base that it gave Facebook access to their data. It’s even possible that other third party companies may have received this data. This data is collected by users on just downloading and using the Zoom app. This suit is filed in California on Monday.

This data includes the user’s device model, their time zone they reside in, and an advertising identifier. Thus this can be used to target the users with specific ads based on the unique identifier. If Zoom had informed it’s user base that it would use data without their consent, many people would have chosen not to use it according to the complaint filed.

Zoom has screen sharing and background changing features. | Image: Zoom

This complaint was brought by Robert Cullen. It asks the judge to say that the practices of Zoom to be declared illegal and to seek reprimands for it. Zoom and Facebook declined to have any response right away about it.

It’s not uncommon for an app to share data with Facebook, but the key figure here was that Zoom shared users’ data without them even having a Facebook account. Last week Zoom stated that it had removed the Facebook software tool and issued an apology for the inconvenience.

On Monday, New York Attorney General Letitia James sent Zoom a letter asking them to outline any of their new security measures it will be implementing. This was asked due to the surge of traffic the software is seeing. The FBI also put out a warning of teleconferencing hijacking. This is also known as “Zoom-bombing.” This is somebody hacks into a video conference and posts inappropriate graphics and hate messages.

In conclusion

Data privacy sharing is becoming a normal thing in today’s modern world of technology. We need to start protecting ourselves more. Creating stronger passwords, and reading the fine print can help protect us. Big tech loves collecting our data to target ads and create income without our permission. What do you all think about this? Let us know in the comments below!

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