UPDATE: June 4, 2020, 10:17 a.m. EDT: Video Calling Company Zoom made an official statement at earning meetings on Tuesday that Zoom Free users will not Get End-to-end encryption. Zoom Company’s CEO Eric Yuan announced that Zoom wants to participate with law enforcement agencies to reduce the crime rate over the internet. Thus, they will not provide any end-to-end encryption for users who uses zoom without paying any monthly fee. Only Business and Enterprise level users will get end-to-end encryption security.
1. What is End-to-end Encryption for Zoom Free Users?
End-to-end encryption is a security provided by Zoom. This means only you and the other party can attend the video call. No third party including zoom can see or monitor the ongoing video Call. However, there’s nothing new into it. Other Social networking sites such as Facebook, Whatsapp, skype also provides the end-to-end encryption without charging a penny.
“Eric Yuan” also said that they want to give law enforcement access to these calls if necessary.
We think this feature should be a part of our offering” for professional customers.Free users — for sure we don’t want to give [them] that, because we also want to work together with the FBI, with local law enforcement, in case some people use Zoom for a bad purpose, Eric Yuan Said in company meeting.
Right now Zoom Is highly being criticized for their privacy issues. The company is facing a serious allegation of Data breach and Monitoring via the Zoom App.
- When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world. Zoom experienced a sudden hike in their userbase and video calling all around the world. Zoom became the most used video calling app in coronavirus pandemic even when other apps such as google meet and skype were available.
- The easy to use zoom features made this app very popular all around the globe. Government organizations were also using the Zoom app for face to face calling until the Data monitoring issue was detected. Zoom Server is situated in China. And China is facing serious allegations of monitoring all the government meetings done through the Zoom app.
- The company announced on its earnings call meeting that only paid users will receive a security update of higher end-to-end encryption. Zoom Free users will not receive any security updates.
Zoom representative also provided a statement:
Zoom’s AES 256 GCM encryption is turned on for all Zoom free users as well as paid users. Zoom does not proactively monitor meeting content and we do not share information with law enforcement except in circumstances like child sex abuse.
Zoom’s CEO says he won’t encrypt free calls so Zoom can work more with law enforcement:
“Free users for sure we don’t want to give that because we also want to work together with FBI, with local law enforcement in case some people use Zoom for a bad purpose,” Yuan said. $ZM
— Nico Grant (@NicoAGrant) June 3, 2020
Right now Zoom Subscription starts from $15 month and only paid users will receive the end-to-end inscription security.