Zoom privacy: Your video conferences aren’t as private as you think

I am not surprised at this assertion.

As the coronavirus cases surge across the world, people are adjusting to the remote work from home as the new normal. Zoom’s “privacy policy” is under focus- which is surprising because it has no legal, substantial weightage. It is a policy that a company would enforce itself to stick to, but per se has no “meaning”. The problem is that the application uses Facebook’s SDK’s 9software development kits) that beam back the user data to Facebook.

According to the company’s privacy policy, Zoom collects reams of data on you, including your name, physical address, email address, phone number, job title, employer. Even if you don’t make an account with Zoom, it will collect and keep data on what type of device you are using, and your IP address. It also collects information from your Facebook profile (if you use Facebook to sign in) and any “information you upload, provide, or create while using the service.”

I’d shrug my shoulder as there is no real privacy left. If you are online, anyone can be tracked down from their IP address or other means. I think this was more of a storm in a teacup.

However, I would still be interested to know if the enterprise version collects user data and who gets to hold it. This assumes importance if it is being used for teleconsultations.

via Zoom privacy: Your video conferences aren’t as private as you think

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