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Greetings from the new normal! Dear readers, we hope you are safe and well. This week, as many other people have, we turned to Zoom. While this tool has come to the rescue for offices around the world, we take a deeper look into Zoom’s privacy issues and data violations during this global pandemic.
If remote work and school are the new normal, don’t forget to keep an eye out for the abnormal. Danny Hakim and Natasha Singer for The New York Times write, “[a]s Zoom’s popularity has grown, the app has scrambled to address a series of data privacy and security problems, a reactive approach that has led to complaints from some consumer, privacy and children’s groups.” Best keep an eye on it and know what is being shared! (Photo by Dave Sanders for The New York Times)
Should we put down the service before picking up our next call? Micah Lee and Yael Grauer write for The Intercept, “Zoom is using its own definition of the term [end-to-end encryption], one that lets Zoom itself access unencrypted video and audio from meetings.” Do we really want to play semantics with security? (Photo by Soohee Cho/The Intercept, Getty Images)
The title says it all, folks! Zoom is trafficking our data. Though, Joseph Cox for VICE states, “this sort of data transfer is not uncommon, especially for Facebook; plenty of apps use Facebook’s software development kits (SDK) as a means to implement features into their apps more easily, which also has the effect of sending information to Facebook.” (Image by Rafael Henrique/Sopa Images via Getty Images)
People do be trying us in these trying times. The Anti-Defamation League writes, “On March 24, 2020, a white supremacist interrupted a webinar about antisemitism hosted by a Massachusetts Jewish student group by pulling his shirt collar down to reveal a swatsika tattoo on his chest.” Nazi punks, click off! (Photo by Anti-Defamation League)
Overall Mood Meme for this week is…
Seeing your Zoom convo end up in your Facebook ads
Resources and Guides
- “What You Should Know About Online Tools During the COVID-19 Crisis” (via Electronic Frontier Foundation)
- “Tox is a peer-to-peer instant messaging protocol with end-to-end encryption, voice calls, video calls, and file transfer” (via Ghacks)
- “New Threat Discovery Shows Commercial Surveillanceware Operators Latest to Exploit COVID-19” (via Lookout Blog)
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