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Google Bans Employees From Using Zoom Over Security Vulnerabilities

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According to Buzzfeed, Google is banning its employees from using video conferencing app, Zoom on their work computers. Google cited “security vulnerabilities” in a mail to its employees as its reason for banning the app. The tech giants say the app will stop working on its employees’ laptops this week.


A Google spokesperson, Jose Castaneda told BuzzFeed:


“We have long had a policy of not allowing employees to use approved apps for work that are outside of our corporate network.


Recently, our security team informed employees using Zoom Desktop Client that it will no longer run on corporate computers as it does not meet our security standards for apps used by our employees.


Employees who have been using Zoom to stay in touch with family and friends can continue to do so through a web browser or via mobile.”


Zoom provides competition for Google’s Hangouts Meet app and is seeing significant growth in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is as millions continue to rely on it to socialise and work from home.

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Zoom’s growth, however, is marred with increasing security concerns and scrutiny. In March 2020, Motherboard revealed that Zoom’s app for iPhone and iPads were sending data to Facebook.


This data included information about users’ devices to Facebook, including users who did not even have Facebook accounts.


Zoom has had to deal with a myriad of security concerns forcing Google and the Taiwanese government to ban the app

A cascade of security concerns

The company had also recently dealt with a security flaw known as “Zoom bombing”. This flaw allowed hackers to gain access to a Zoom meeting and attempt to disrupt it.


Researchers also found that Zoom routed calls via China even when the users were not in China, prompting a ban by the Taiwanese government.


Zooms CEO, Eric Yuan had earlier apologised for “falling short” on the security issues. He also made the promise of fixing them, however, it seems like they just won’t go away.


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