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Zoom Says Its New Security Update Will Provide End-To-End Encryption For All Its Users

Zoom has announced that it will now enable end-to-end encryption for all of its users. This big security update will potentially put to bed all the video conferencing app’s security issues.

 

Zoom will start rolling out the end-to-end encryption in beta mode to all its users starting from July 2020. This is quite different from its stance earlier this June to roll out the feature for only paying customers.

 

“We have identified a path forward that balances the legitimate right of all users to privacy and the safety of users on our platform,” Zoom CEO Eric Yuan said in a blog post. Yuan had previously said Zoom would “work together with the FBI, with local law enforcement in case some people use Zoom for bad purposes,” sparking outrage at its plan not to offer the end-to-end encryption to free users.

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As more people began to rely on Zoom for working, networking, and collaborations due to the pandemic, the app began to suffer a myriad of security challenges that saw it banned in organisations and even countries. Zoom froze all its new features for 90 days to enable it to work on the various security issues. It also enlisted messaging firm Keybase to assist it in fixing the issues.

 

Yuan says that free users will have to provide additional information to verify their accounts as the feature rolls out. Phone numbers will be required against the current requirement of an email address. The CEO says the purpose is to “reduce the mass creation of abusive accounts”.

 

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