In a bizarre turn of events, Zoom CEO cited that people using the free version of Zoom will not only get end-to-end encryption instead if requested but calls by the users will also be given to law enforcement authorities.
Basically, According to Mr. Yuan, free users will not have access to the same level of privacy as paid users.
Keep in mind that Google Duo and Apple Facetime both have an end to end encryption and these apps are free to use. Since Zoom is based in China it’s also bringing the culture with it by spying on users and giving their information to law enforcement authorities.
US Congress is already in talks for a bill that allows no encryption over social media. If this legislation is passed, any criminal will be able to access your information without any encryption. Off-topic, one wonders, is this a reason why Google banned its employees from using Zoom?
Many advocates for the safety and human rights have warned that many criminals use Zoom and other video platforms to broadcast abuse. This was the reason why companies like Zoom are foregoing end-to-end encryption in hopes to help Law enforcement authorities. However, this might backfire as many non-state actors might use this as leverage to instigate false flags and misinformation.
A start-to-finish model, which means that only the members and their devices can see and hear what’s going on, would also have to prohibit people who bring in from a phone line.
From a business point of view, it is difficult to procure cash when offering an advanced and costly encryption administration for nothing. Facebook is wanting to completely encode Messenger, however, it wins colossal totals from its different services as its charges not a single penny
Zoom also manages controllers, for example, the U.S. The FTC is looking into previous cases involving encryption that was found to be misrepresented or bogus.
With the Justice Department and a few individuals from Congress censuring solid encryption, Zoom could draw undesirable new considerations through a significant development around there
Zoom went on to say that while they will not monitor the meet and greet, they will monitor when children are present in the hopes of reducing child abuse. This appears to be smoke and mirrors, as Congress recently passed legislation allowing law enforcement agencies to access US citizens’ browser history without a warrant.
As the old saying “if you can`t defeat them join them” that is what Zoom is doing. The real questions that any sane person might raise are what if they are already giving up user information to Law enforcement agencies even for the paid ones?
And why should users use Zoom when there are other free options available?
In hindsight, these might be valid queries but from my perspective Zoom just wants to kill the free service and it is doing in this manner. Zoom is already suffering as users migrate to Google Meet and other free services that provide better service.