Ever since the Covd-19 pandemic has been in full fly, zoom has seen a meteoric rise as it offers seamless video chat with colleagues and loved ones – as isolating and social distancing practices continue to grow. Should law enforcement get access to your calls? Zoom certainly thinks so
However, in wake of its astonishing rise, the service has also been on the receiving end of a fair amount of criticism due to the current lack of end-to-end encryption and other reasons as well – though it is said now that the feature for end-to-end encryption is in fact coming onboard. However, it has also been said that the feature for end-to-end encryption won’t actually be available just for everyone – only for paid users.
The CEO of the company, during an earnings call recently, said : “Free users, for sure, we don’t want to give that [end-to-end encryption – ed]. Because we also want to work it together with FBI and local law enforcement, in case some people use Zoom for bad purpose.”
The whole ordeal would indeed be understandable if Zoom decided to make the need for end-to-end encryption only for paid users and simply stated as such. However, with the latest statement from the CEO, the implication is clearly there that Zoom doesn’t actually think that paid users engage in any illegal acts via the platform or that the users that will pay can make sure that the platform looks the other way when dealing with them.
Nonetheless, there has in fact been a continuous rise with which we have seen end-to-end encryption being adopted by various messaging services as well as video chat apps. This of course also includes WhatsApp – the biggest messaging app in the world – as it offered the feature not so long ago. Of course though, the introduction of end-to-end encryption has also been met with quite a bit of resistance from the government as they continue to pressurize such platforms to drop the security measure.