Zoom Commits to Improving Security, in Agreement with the New York Attorney’s Office
The Zoom video chat and chat application has become the very popular host for millions of people who work and study from home.The New York attorney general announced Thursday that she reached an agreement with the video conferencing application Zoom to improve the security of its more than 200 million users, after the eruption of strangers shouting insults and Nazi slogans in their conversations or online classes .
Prosecutor Letitia James said the agreement will improve data security and user controls in this application that has become critical during the coronavirus pandemic.Zoom held some 300 million video conferences a day in April, up from 10 million in January, an increase of more than 3,000% in four months, according to the prosecution.Students and schools will have access to additional security measures, James said in a statement.”This agreement implements protections so that Zoom users can control their privacy and security, and so that workplaces, schools, religious institutions and consumers do not have to worry when they participate in a video conference,” said the prosecutor.
The prosecution has been investigating Zoom since March after complaints from users who suddenly saw pornographic and racist images flood their screens during video conferences. In addition to the so-called “Zoom bombing”, data privacy and security flaws were revealed: the information was not encrypted and users’ personal data was leaked to others without their consent. Zoom also shared information with Facebook, including that of those who do not have accounts on the social network.The agreement aims to improve all of these privacy and security flaws and issues.
Zoom is not only used by many individuals who work from home and are now quarantined or practicing social distancing, but also by companies and schools that have closed their doors and teach online.The Silicon Valley-based company Zoom then said “taking the privacy, security and trust of its users very seriously.”Zoom Commits to Improving Security, in Agreement with the New York Attorney’s Office