The American video service Zoom automatically matched users' names and email addresses to LinkedIn profiles, according to research by The New York Times . The company removed the feature that made it possible after it became aware of what it said was "unnecessary data sharing".
In some cases, the LinkedIn information was fed back to other video chat participants, even if those individuals had not given permission to share their LinkedIn information.
The information became visible to Zoom users using Sales Navigator, a LinkedIn service that allows professional salespeople to use LinkedIn profile information. Nevertheless, the information was also automatically sent to Zoom if none of the participants used this feature.
Zoom has come under a magnifying glass since the service is growing worldwide due to the corona crisis. The company announced on Wednesday on its blog that it took action on several vulnerabilities and criticisms. Director Eric Yuan also promised to give priority to this topic for ninety days.
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