Zoom will Provide Encrypted Calls for Everyone

The video calling platform, which has a record number of users covered by the Corona crisis, has returned from the decision to encrypt calls only for premium users and will provide the service to all users.

End-to-end encryption is officially coming to a close as well: The popular video calling platform, which has become a central tool for hundreds of millions of users worldwide in the face of the Corona crisis in recent months, announced Wednesday that it will include end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for all users, in payment routes And on the free track, starting with the next beta to be released during July.

According to the company announcement, the encryption feature will be optional, as end-to-end encryption is not possible for participants from traditional telephone lines, or those joining via outdated telephone systems. To encrypt, users will need to go through a one-time process of information verification, for example – verifying their phone number through a text message, as is the case with competing services.

In the past Zoom had previously explained that they share information with the authorities only when it comes to difficult cases such as sexual exploitation and child abuse, and that end-to-end encryption for all participants violated this balance, preventing the company from providing relevant information. Therefore, they have previously announced that the new encryption architecture will only be available to premium users – ones whose identity can be verified. However, in a statement last night, the company reiterated that the request for verification of the telephone number (as opposed to registering only through an email address) – should solve the identity verification problem and enable encryption for everyone.

The global corona crisis has made Zoom one of the most popular services – with the platform used for work calls, lectures and classes in schools and universities, stand-up and music performances, Yoda and Pilates classes, parties, weddings, family events and even mourning. Two months ago, the company announced that it had reached a record number of 300 active users a day, but later zoomed back from the statement, with the company emphasizing that it was 300 million daily participants.

Following the success – criticism also came. Information security researchers and digital privacy organizations have warned against using the platform – which until then was considered particularly hacking. Zoom was accused of sharing information with Facebook, boasting of encrypted conversations when this was not the case, the “zooming” phenomenon has made waves and allowed people to enter uninvited meetings, freely, and harass participants, as well as accusations of the company’s ties with China.

 

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The video calling platform, which has a record number of users covered by the Corona crisis, has returned from the decision to encrypt calls only for premium users and will provide the service to all users.

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