Zoom and its implication on your privacy
Zoom is an online application which provides its consumers variety of services when they are stuck at home due to Coronavirus, It is a free application as it offers to its consumers free, 40-minute conference calls with up to 100 attendees actually it was founded in 2011 and went public last year but significance or one could say optimum use of it is realized in the year 2020. This is very easy to use as people don’t need to login to access a meeting and its interface is very intuitive
It provides remote conferencing services to its consumers such as video conferencing, online meetings, chats and mobile collaboration. So these are some services needs of which are increased, most during the time when most of the people around the world is forced to work from their respective homes. It gives services for the most of the needs of individuals but at the same time it has a number of controversies that surrounds it.
One of the main controversy is that when someone send messages, it is sent in encrypted form, but this claim of the company is not true as it found that most of the messages on this platform is not in end to end encrypted form which provides hackers a gateway through which they can easily access your data and useful information and also infringes right to privacy of individuals.
Supreme court of India in case of K.S Puttaswamy V. Union of India declares that right to privacy is a fundamental right of citizenship and it is one of most cherished right of all. This company in the name of taking authorization into an individual’s account takes access of such information which is unnecessary, like their photos, emails and videos and by this make such information vulnerable to cyber attacks.
U.S Supreme Court also in a number of cases acknowledged the right of privacy as a fundamental right and it is an offense to breach this right of an individual. One of which is Griswold V. Connecticut, where the right to privacy was explicitly established by the Supreme court.
This application also provides facility of online meeting, which is free and up to 100 individuals can attend it, but here also a flaw is there in this any individual can attend such meetings as the application does not provide privacy for this also, but the company claims that they enable password system which most customers are not using currently. The company has since announced 90-day moratorium on releasing new features and said will focus on fixing privacy and security issues.
So, if you are going to enjoy this service be aware that your data may become vulnerable to such risk at any time, so don’t let any service to play with your privacy in the name of free service only.