Zoom has rolled out an update for its Mac app to fix a bug that could potentially cause privacy issues for users. As noticed 9to5Mac, a company representative responded to a post on the Zoom community forums by a user who noticed that his mic indicator was on even when he wasn’t in a meeting – he just had his Zoom client open at that time. Upon accessing the Control Center, they discovered that Zoom was accessing their microphone.
The original poster wasn’t the only one airing its complaint on the forum, and many commenters said they noticed the same thing. In the company’s response, the representative stated that Zoom for Mac version 5.9.3 resolves an issue where “the amber light [could] continue to appear after leaving a meeting, call or webinar.” The representative advises users to update their app to fix the bug and enable automatic updates to get future versions as soon as they are released.
Zoom has had serious privacy issues in the past, including telling users that their meetings were protected with end-to-end encryption since 2016. In fact, it only started rolling out the feature in 2020, and the company had to settle with the FTC over its privacy practices. In 2021, he also agreed to pay $85 million to settle a lawsuit accusing the video chat giant of violating privacy and allowing trolls to engage in people’s chats in a practice called “zoombombing.”
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