Recently, there has been a clash between India and China and Indian Intel Agencies suggested the government ban certain apps from the Indian market. Zoom is one of them. You can check the complete list of apps from here. Previously, Zoom announced that it is bringing E2EE (AES 256 GCM encryption) in its platform, but it will be only for paid users. After that, the company received a lot of backlash from privacy enthusiasts and now it announced that it has found a way to enable E2EE for all its users.
Eric Yuan, CEO of Zoom, said in an official blog post –
“We have identified a path forward that balances the legitimate right of all users to privacy and the safety of users on our platform.”
He also said that users will get access to E2EE only when they verify their account with a phone number. This process will be a one-time verification process which will enable Zoom to further reduce abuse on its platform. But the thing to be noted here is that Zoom now will get your phone number also and this is a pretty big issue as they are already having your email and now, they will keep your phone number in their database. The company’s E2EE design is updated in Github right here.
Previously, Zoom did not provide any E2EEto its free users, and to support the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, Zoom agreed to offer them access to video calls made by free users if the platform was used for bad stuff.
Another thing to keep in mind is that account administrators will have the “option to enable and disable E2EE at the account and group level.” The E2EE will also limit few meeting-specific features, so it will be optional to activate the feature. The testing of end-to-end encryption tool will be started in July.