Zoom Finally Deploys End-To-End Encryption
Zoom has now started to deploy its new end-to-end encryption option for calls and video exchanges. However, the choice won’t be imposed on everyone. Before the ultimate deployment of the end-to-end encryption option, it’ll need to undergo three phases of reviews and thus, validation.
End-to-End Encryption Offered To All or Any Users
Thanks to the confinement observed in many parts of the planet, Zoom saw its activity begin during the prior quarter of 2020. The corporation had achieved a rise in its turnover of 169% compared to 2019, including a 90% increase in its number of consumers. However, the explosion of the service has brought with it its share of problems, especially when it involves security and privacy.
After being accused of transmitting its users’ data to Facebook, Zoom was pinned for inadequate care of private data. Indeed, the web video conversations and exchanges service didn’t encrypt the info of its users. Following this, the service called in security experts, including Facebook’s former security chief. Then, Zoom decided to cover the credentials of its users to avoid leaks during calls. Subsequently, an update came to bring improvements for both privacy and security.
In June, Zoom finally announced encryption except for paid accounts only, before going back on its position and also promoting it for free of charge accounts. End-to-end encryption is going to be available for all web users, even as for those using the Android application. IOS users, meanwhile, will need to wait for a touch longer since encryption should not be unrolled until later when Apple approves a Zoom update.
Zoom Test Limits Encrypted Calls To 200 Participants
Last May, Zoom announced its acquisition of Keybase, intending to quantify end-to-end discussions. It’ll therefore soon be done as Engadget specifies. The test administered by Zoom and Keybase will last 30 days, and through this phase, the number of participants in encrypted calls is going to be limited to 200 people.
The only downside is that the end-to-end encryption test, which Zoom has called the E2EE, will prevent, during the primary phase a minimum of, the live transcription functionality. A valid constraint for professional uses of the service, for instance. Hopefully, end-to-end encryption is indeed useful and doesn’t interfere with any functionality that already exists via Zoom.