This is appalling.
After all the security blunders over the past year, mostly involving security holes and woefully inadequate encryption, Zoom is still hanging its users out to dry unless they upgrade to a paid corporate plan.
Zoom won’t encrypt free calls: This is why!
June 4, 2020
An enterprise video-conferencing service Zoom has stirred much controversy over a series of privacy and security blunders in the last few weeks raising serious privacy concerns among users. But financially speaking, Zoom is not swimming in troubled waters. In fact, Zoom has observed a significant boost in terms of the number of paying users.
Zoom won’t encrypt free calls
Zoom users’ safety and privacy have been a growing concern. The service is currently working on end-to-end encryption service for corporate customers. However, free Zoom users won’t be able to enjoy that kind of privacy.
During the quarterly earnings call, Zoom CEO Eric Yuan said the company won’t encrypt free calls.
Why not? The CEO offered this transparently false excuse:
“Free users for sure we don’t want to give that [end-to-end encryption] because we also want to work together with FBI, with local law enforcement in case some people use Zoom for a bad purpose.”
What a complete crock!
The real reason? They are making a lot of money from justifiably alarmed users who have upgraded to their paid corporate plan, despite the fact that the paid version still does not yet offer end-to-end encryption. That’s something they are still working on.
Zoom is not the only player in the video-conferencing marketplace. They seem to be oblivious to that fact.
My advice is to kick Zoom to the curb. Do you really want to deal with a company that treats its customers with such contempt? I sure don’t.
Switch to Microsoft Teams or Google Meet, or Skype’s Group Video Chat & Group Calling App which offers ” group video calling for up to 50 people is available for free on just about any mobile device, tablet or computer”.