One of the controversies that has most affected Zoom’s reputation in recent months has revolved around the end-to-end encryption of the video conferencing application – or rather its lack of it.
First it was discovered that this encryption was not such, then it was ruled out that free users could access it once it was implemented. But now the company surprises us with a change of direction that reinforces the user’s privacy.
Zoom recognized in March that the information circulates in encrypted form between the sender and the app servers, and between the app servers and the receiver, but that in between the information remains exposed. According to a company spokesperson at the time, “it is not currently possible to enable E2E (end-to-end) encryption for Zoom video meetings.
Shortly afterwards it became known that the case was even more serious, because some of the servers were located on Chinese soil. And already earlier this month, after seeing that all these controversies had not prevented them from growing dramatically in the number of users, the CEO of Zoom warned that they would only integrate end-to-end encryption for paying users, but not for the rest.
However, the company has decided to change its approach, and has just announced that, after speaking with experts, government representatives, and civil liberties and child protection organizations, the Zoom repository at GitHub has just incorporated an update that includes an E2E encryption feature for all users, including those with free accounts.