Network scanning must not be mandatory on iOS
Summary: Calls still work, Meetings stopped working because of Network toggle
Note: See screenshot attached
Two days ago, the Teams app on my iPad started asking for Network access. This access is disallowed, and now I cannot join meetings. I am still able to make and take calls, therefore I don't think primary capability is affected. Testing with others on other Apple devices (outside of MDM) confirms the same. It is just this network required flag that is unnecessary set on the mobile app.
Security and Privacy:
Unauthorised network scanning is disallowed on many corporate networks. As an IT professional, I don't want this on my home network either.
Users should be allowed to choose or disable this unnecessary feature. Even if it comes at the cost of poorer performance. It must be a choice, otherwise it looks too much like spyware.
Agreed, this really does not need to be mandatory.
Really hoping this was a mistake and they correct it immediately.
Holding unrelated functionality hostage unless I the app permissions to my internal firewalled network... I expect this sort of blackmail from illegitimate actors, not from Microsoft.
Before I forget, I'll describe the bad behavior.
Since the 3.6.0 update the "local network access" permission is required, the ability to join calls is held hostage until I give them access to my network.
When attempting to Join a meeting, I am met with prompt with the following:
Teams needs Permission
To make and receive calls, go to Settings and allow Teams to access your network.
Further silliness: This requirement continues to exist if I am only using cellular data and not on a wifi network.
Assuming the best: This was probably a mistake to include in the update, likely this was just an oversight when deploying the update.
Please give this immediate attention. This sort of thing teaches people to give up on security best practises, and bad actors will be happy to reap the rewards of users' new discouragement.
I'll likely not be using the app until this is corrected.