Media reported that if you’re a free Zoom user and wait for the company to roll out end-to-end encryption to better protect your calls, that hope may be dashed. It is reported that toll-free calls will not be encrypted, which may mean that law enforcement will be able to “abuse” the platform to obtain your information.
Zoom CEO Eric Yuan said today that its video conferencing app’s upcoming end-to-end encryption feature will only be available to paying users — “Of course, for free users, we don’t want to offer (end-to-end encryption). Because we also want to work with the FIB and local law enforcement to prevent someone from using Zoom for undesirable purposes. “
In the past, end-to-end encryption platforms such as WhatsApp have come under intense scrutiny in many countries because they cannot be traced and misleading sources of information. Zoom estimates that it is a desire to avoid putting himself in this position and to comply with local laws to continue operating around the world.
In response, Zoom security consultant Alex Stamos said the company wanted to catch repeat offenders who hate speech or use children’s content by not providing end-to-end encrypted t0 free users.
In March, The Intercept published a report. The report says Zoom does not use end-to-end encryption — although the company has made a statement on its website and security white paper. The company later issued a statement clarifying and apologizing for the issue.
Last month, Zoom acquired Keybase.io, an encryption-based identity services company. Yuan says the company gets a lot of feedback from users about encryption and is looking at how to implement it. But he did not specify the release date for the feature.
Based on its first-quarter results in 2020, the company’s revenue grew 169 percent year-on-year. At this stage, Zoom has more than 300 million people attending meetings every day through its platform.