Zoom collaborates with the FBI! Zoom collaborates with the FBI as they move to limit encryption on their calls. Meanwhile, blockchain developers like Brave are moving ahead with privacy-focused solutions.
Zoom, the video conferencing app whose popularity has skyrocketed due to the global lockdown due to COVID-19, will not be encrypting calls for free users. The company hopes to create space for collaboration with the FBI and other authorities, according to Eric Yuan, Zoom’s CEO.
According to Yuan, Zoom’s end-to-end encryption service will be available exclusively for corporate clients to prevent bad actors from using the app.
“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.”
Zoom has had well documented problems with privacy and security. One of their flaws has resulted in a meme called “Zoombombing”, where trolls get access to private gatherings and disrupt them. Zoom has also been accused of sending data from iOS users to Facebook, and making false claims that video calls were encrypted. Half a million Zoom accounts, in the meantime, have recently surfaced on the darknet.
To combat criticism, Zoom acquired Keybase last month.
Blockchain companies currently working to offer their users encrypted video chat solutions include Debrief and Brave.
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