Zoom video conferencing app acquires Keybase to provide End-to-End Encryption

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Video Conferencing app Zoom now acquires End-to-End Encryption for its users to avoid privacy flaws

Popular video conferencing app Zoom announced on Thursday that they have acquired secure messaging and file-sharing service Keybase for an undisclosed amount. Zoom said it would offer an end-to-end encrypted meeting mode to all paid accounts.

“There are end-to-end encrypted communications platforms. There are communications platforms with easily deployable security. There are enterprise-scale communications platforms. We believe that no current platform offers all of these. This is what Zoom plans to build, giving our users security, ease of use, and scale, all at once,” Eric Yuan, CEO of Zoom, said in a statement.

Zoom also said what will they be doing for the customers in the near future:

These end-to-end encrypted meetings will not support phone bridges, cloud recording, or non-Zoom conference room systems. Zoom Rooms and Zoom Phone participants will be able to attend if explicitly allowed by the host. Encryption keys will be tightly controlled by the host, who will admit attendees. We believe this will provide equivalent or better security than existing consumer end-to-end encrypted messaging platforms, but with the video quality and scale that has made Zoom the choice of over 300 million daily meeting participants, including those at some of the world’s largest enterprises.

As we do this work to further protect our users’ privacy, we are also cognizant of our desire to prevent the use of Zoom’s products to cause harm. To that end, we will be taking the following steps:

  • We will continue to work with users to enhance the reporting mechanisms available to meeting hosts to report unwanted and disruptive attendees.
  • Zoom does not and will not proactively monitor meeting contents, our trust and safety team will continue to use automated tools to look for evidence of abusive users based upon other available data.
  • Zoom has not and will not build a mechanism to decrypt live meetings for lawful intercept purposes.
  • We also do not have the means to insert our employees or others into meetings without being reflected in the participant list. We will not build any cryptographic backdoors to allow for the secret monitoring of meetings.

In late April, Zoom announced a series of security improvements designed to address many of the concerns raised recently. The company also tapped former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos as an advisor and has teamed up with Luta Security to revamp its bug bounty program.

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