Free Zoom users the company won’t provide you end-to-end encryption
The Video conferencing app Zoom has been facing multiple security issues after being affected by a data breach in March. The Video calling company Zoom confirmed this week that it won’t enable end-to-end encryption for free calls in part because it wants to give law enforcement access to these calls if necessary. After repeated updates and fixes the company has now launched an end-to-end encryption method for paid/premium customers. Recently, researchers found that the Zoom app is again vulnerable and can remotely take over the affected systems.
However, the researchers have informed the Zoom authorities and the malware was fixed in the latest update that was pushed on 31st May 2020.
“We think this feature should be a part of our offering” for professional customers. Free users — for sure we don’t want to give [them]that, because we also want to work together with the FBI, with local law enforcement, in case some people use Zoom for a bad purpose.”
said Zoom CEO Eric Yuan in a meeting with investors Tuesday
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.
As everyone is forced to do work from home zoom and other video conferencing apps have been the savior. After being breached in the march Zoom launched an end to end encryption feature for its premium customers and also told that they would release the security feature for all the users as soon as possible. But now the company has decided to provide the security feature to only paid/premium users, as Zoom wants to allow the FBI and other law authorities to access the calls that are misused.
Zoom does not proactively monitor meeting content, and we do not share information with law enforcement except in circumstances like child sex abuse. We do not have backdoors where participants can enter meetings without being visible to others. None of this will change. Zoom’s end-to-end encryption plan balances the privacy of its users with the safety of vulnerable groups, including children and potential victims of hate crimes. We plan to provide end-to-end encryption to users for whom we can verify identity, thereby limiting harm to these vulnerable groups. Free users sign up with an email address, which does not provide enough information to verify identity.
said a spokesperson.
Its good that the Zoom is thinking about its privacy and security issues rapidly and also trying to provide the best security to its users. What is your take on the decisions of the Zoom? Do mention it in the comment section below. To stay updated on Tech and Cybersecurity news subscribe to our newsletter from here