From a highly regarded Apple related web site:
Zoom subsequently removed the Facebook integration code and fast-tracked an update to the App Store. But still. This is a company with a history of playing fast and loose with privacy and security. You may recall last summer, when it came to light that the Mac version of Zoom secretly installed a web server, which remained installed and running even if you deleted the Zoom app from your machine. Shockingly, this enabled a security exploit that allowed hackers to take control of your Mac’s camera?—?the sort of privacy nightmare scenario that leads folks to tape over their cameras. Zoom called this hidden unremovable-through-normal-means web server a feature, not a bug. The bug was so insidious that Apple had to push a silent MacOS update to remove Zoom’s hidden web servers…
Mistakes happen. Bugs happen. I not only forgive mistakes, I enjoy forgiving mistakes. But Zoom’s callous disregard for privacy does not seem to be a mistake. As Zoom itself said about the hidden web server they secretly installed on Macs, it’s a feature not a bug.
Yeah, this is just as obnoxious as it sounds. So, in no way does this put Zoom’s profitability in question (it might even make that more likely). But it does mean that for people who care about the character of management there’s a pattern of behavior that raises questions. In fact, it stinks.
And, of course, although unlikely, such behavior may one day blow up in their corporate face. In the case of a hypothetical future privacy breach, companies are not going to be happy if they are forced to acknowledge that they are using a tool where their competitors can (easily?) access their private communications – it would lead to endless lawsuits if they can be shown to have been aware of this. Not saying such a thing will happen, but given management’s attitude toward privacy, it’s significantly more likely than if they took privacy seriously.
(not invested in ZM, because belief in management integrity is a requirement for me)