Zoom is a big privacy headache. Here’s how you can lock it down

In the coronavirus-fuelled race to work from home, the vast majority of people have settled on one service: Zoom. Even the UK’s meetings of Cobra, the cabinet members tasked with tackling the coronavirus crisis, are using the app to host their meetings remotely. In the first two months of 2020, Zoom added more users than the entirety of 2019, according to estimates from analysts Bernstein – and with screeds of guides about how to harness the power of Zoom, it seems likely those numbers are only increasing.

But privacy experts have been sounding warnings about Zoom’s privacy settings, cautioning that they’re a quagmire of over-intrusive elements that can learn far more about you than they actually need to. Zoom’s privacy policy sort of says it doesn’t sell your data – “which I’m thrilled about,” says Daragh O Brien, a data protection consultant with Castlebridge, an Irish company. “But there’s still an incredible amount of secondary processing you leave yourself open to in the app – and that’s before we even get to the tracker and cookie payload that comes with the web client.”

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