Zoom Meeting App Plans to Offer Strong Encryption for Paying Customers

Zoom Meeting App Plans to Offer Strong Encryption for Paying Customers

The company official said on Friday that the video conferencing provider Zoom plans to strengthen encryption of hosted video calls by paying customers and institutions such as schools, but not by users of its free consumer accounts.

The company, whose business has skyrocketed with the coronavirus epidemic, discussed a move with civil liberties groups and child-sexual abuse fighters on Thursday, and Zoom security consultant Alex Stamos confirmed it on Friday.

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In an interview, Stamos said the plan was subject to change and it was not yet clear if any, nonprofits or other users, such as political dissidents, qualified for accounts allowing for more secure video meetings. can do.

He said a combination of technical, security and business factors went into the plan, which attracted mixed reactions from privacy advocates.

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Zoom has attracted millions of free and paid customers amid the epidemic, as users can attend a meeting – something that now happens 300 million times a day – without registration.

But it has given firefighters opportunities to slip into meetings, sometimes after pretending to be invited.

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He said a combination of technical, security and business factors went into the plan, which attracted mixed reactions from privacy advocates.

Zoom has attracted millions of free and paid customers amid the epidemic, as users can attend a meeting – something that now happens 300 million times a day – without registration.

But it has given firefighters opportunities to slip into meetings, sometimes after pretending to be invited.

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