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Lately, the Zoom video service has become a new focus for many people, as the Covid 19 pandemic has forced social groups, schools and offices to move their day to day activities online. But increased use has led to a larger analysis of the company’s data practices. It seems that every day new vulnerabilities are emerging on the platform.
Today is no exception. The New York Times found that Zoom supports the functional mining of data by automatically matching user names and email addresses to their LinkedIn profiles, even if they are anonymous or use the pronoun in the call. If another user of that meeting subscribed to a service called LinkedIn Sales Navigator, they could access the LinkedIn profiles of other members of their Zoom meetings by clicking an icon next to their names – without the knowledge or permission of those users.
Commenting on The Times, Zoom said it takes users’ privacy “very seriously” and will disable the feature.
In addition, LinkedIn told the Times that it will disrupt its Zoom integration “as we look at all of this.
Zoom has made several changes to its practices to address privacy lately. After a software engineer learned that the service was eliminating MacOS restrictions without giving users the final permission, Zoom provided an update to remove the exchange.