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posted by Fnord666 on Saturday March 28 2020, @11:28PM   Printer-friendly
from the can't-hurt-to-be-more-secure dept.

Now that everyone's using Zoom, here are some privacy risks you need to watch out for:

Now that you've finished choosing your custom Zoom background, mercifully sparing your fellow workers-from-home the sight of a growing pile of gym socks behind your desk, you might think you've got a handle on the conference call software du jour. Unfortunately, there are a few other data security considerations to make if you want to hide your dirty laundry.

Privacy experts have previously expressed concerns about Zoom: In 2019, the video-conferencing software experienced both a webcam hacking scandal, and a bug that allowed snooping users to potentially join video meetings they hadn't been invited to. This month, the Electronic Frontier Foundation cautioned users working from home about the software's onboard privacy features.

[...]Here are some of the privacy vulnerabilities in Zoom that you should watch out for while working remotely.

[...] Tattle-Tale
Whether you're using Zoom's desktop client or mobile app, a meeting host can enable a built-in option which alerts them if any attendees go more than 30 seconds without Zoom being in focus on their screen.

[...] Cloud snitching
For paid subscribers, Zoom's cloud recording feature [allows] a host [to] record the meeting along with its text transcription and a text file of any active chats in that meeting, and save it to the cloud where it can later be accessed by other authorized users at your company, including people who may have never attended the meeting in question.

[...] Data Gossip
[...] An analysis by Vice's Motherboard, published Thursday, found the iOS version of the Zoom [...] was telling Facebook whenever you opened the Zoom app, what phone or device you were using, and your phone carrier, location and a unique advertising identifier. Late Friday, Motherboard reported that Zoom had updated its iOS app so the app would stop sending certain data to Facebook.

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by EJ on Sunday March 29 2020, @02:01AM (2 children)

    by EJ (2452) on Sunday March 29 2020, @02:01AM (#976803)

    Why in the fuck would I use Zoom? Who is this even useful for? Why do I want to look at someone's face? That's not useful information. If they want to have a useful meeting, then all I need to see is the presentation on their screen.

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  • (Score: 2) by Common Joe on Sunday March 29 2020, @03:35PM

    by Common Joe (33) <> on Sunday March 29 2020, @03:35PM (#976950) Journal

    Why do I want to look at someone's face? That's not useful information.

    Because sometimes we communicate with our body and face, not just our voice. In a small group, it can be a good thing.

    Personally, if someone is looking at their phone while I'm talking to them, it tells me a lot about how much they are paying attention. I usually call them out on it.

  • (Score: 2) by gtomorrow on Sunday March 29 2020, @08:02PM

    by gtomorrow (2230) on Sunday March 29 2020, @08:02PM (#977012)

    Obviously you are either a replicant or a psychopath...oh, if I only had a Venn diagram for this site.

    The most effective communication is two people face-to-face. While subjective projection exists in any similar situation, facial cues, body language, physical presence and tone of voice all augment language in communication. Information signal-to-noise ratio worsens in one-to-many situations.

    Videochat (Zoom/Skype/Whatsapp/etc.) loses the physical presence and much of the body language. It's not pure communication as participants are aware of the camera on them; it's almost "breaking the fourth wall among friends/collegues". Again, information signal-to-noise worsens in one-to-many situations (group chat/videoconference).

    Audio-only communication: All facial cues and body language are lost. Participants must rely solely on tone of voice and language.

    Written communication: All visual and aural cues are lost. Any "tone" is projected from the participant. Information is reduced to minimum. Your cited "presentation" is more or less included here.

    That (so eloquently) said, I conclude with "why would anybody want to look your YOUR face?"