Zoom's free calls will not be encrypted, can be shared with law enforcement
In another bit of controversial news, the Zoom video conferencing service has once again found itself under fire for security. In this case, however, the lack of security in this case is a deliberate function of the service and not an exploit.
Zoom CEO Eric Yuan said the following in an interview with Bloomberg:
"Free users for sure we don’t want to give that because we also want to work together with FBI, with local law enforcement in case some people use Zoom for a bad purpose."
Meanwhile, other services capable of voice and video chat and conferencing, such as FaceTime and Google Duo, have built-in, always active end-to-end encryption. These services carry an implicit trust for their users, unlike Zoom, at least according to the words of its CEO. For those who put importance into the security and confidentiality of their communications with others, alternatives such as FaceTime, Google Duo, Signal, and more are highly recommended in lieu of Zoom.