As COVID-19 forces more people to work from home, Zoom’s use has skyrocketed, leading to a surge in interest in the security and privacy of the video conferencing tool. The lack of end-to-end encryption is a major concern for many users, but after the recent acquisition of Keybase, Zoom CEO Eric S. Yuan) said it would “help us build end-to-end encryption that meets the current Zoom scalability.”
But according tomedia, Zoom only provides end-to-end encryption to its paying users. Anyone using a free account will not be able to access this feature. Why do you say that? “We also want to work with the FBI and local law enforcement to prevent anyone from using Zoom for a bad purpose,” Yuan explained.
The claim was made on a financial satphone call. “We certainly don’t want to give the service to free users because we also want to work with the FBI and local law enforcement in case someone uses Zoom for a bad purpose, ” Mr Yuan said of the arrival of end-to-end encryption for paying users. “
Privacy Matter, a privacy group, responded to the news in a tweet.
Evan Greer, a privacy advocate from Fight for The Future, says:
Basic security should not be an advanced feature, it is only available to wealthy individuals and large companies. The company says it’s disgusting that they’ll keep your call safe only if you pay extra.
A Zoom spokesman told the Guardian: “We do not share information with law enforcement unless it is in the case of child sexual abuse. We don’t have a back door, and anyone can enter the meeting without being seen by others. None of this will change. He also noted that the company would not “actively monitor the content of meetings.”