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Users Say Zoom Secretly Shares Personal Data

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As more and more people are relying on the video conferencing platform Zoom, California residents are suing the company over what they say are serious privacy violations.

Users say that Zoom has been sharing personal data with Facebook, and possibly other third parties. And according to a lawsuit filed Monday, Zoom’s privacy policy doesn’t warn users about this.

The suit alleges that Zoom sends information to Facebook about when and where users log into meetings, among other things. The data is shared regardless of whether users have a Facebook account or not.

These are the latest in a series of privacy issues that have been raised by Zoom users. Another widespread problem is the fact that anyone can access a public Zoom meeting, and share inappropriate messages or images.

The tech company is attempting to combat those issues with videos explaining how to secure its virtual meetings from unwanted participants.

Privacy experts say that the Zoom app may have more serious security issues, as well. These include the potential for unwanted websites to access your camera and microphone, even if you don’t have the app open.