Zoom has gotten under major scrutiny over security and privacy related issues
ever since the reports of Zoombombing came to light. The company made
an?announcement?recently urging Zoom Rooms admins and users to update their app
for new enhanced features and security updates that arrived with its release
Zoom 5.0, before May 30.
?Beginning May 30, 2020, all Zoom clients and Zoom Rooms must be on version 5.0
or greater to join any meetings, as GCM encryption will be fully enabled for all
meetings. Upgrade to the latest Zoom Rooms software in your Zoom Admin Portal
for both your room computer and your Zoom Rooms Controller as soon as you
can,??mentioned?the company in a blog post. ?On May 30, Zoom will cut over all
accounts to GCM encryption?.
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The company further added that all Zoom rooms will have enhanced encryption
between Zoom Rooms Controller and Zoom Rooms enabled starting June 30, 2020. So,
Zoom Rooms Controllers (including Zoom Rooms Scheduling Displays) will not
function if they are not running the minimum versions. Users are advised to
update their Zoom Rooms controller software to meet the minimum versions
manually or by using Zoom Device Management (ZDM) in the admin portal.
Although Zoom has been upgrading the state of security in its app and web
client, the company is still facing backlash over user privacy and safety. A
petition?was filed recently?in the Supreme Court by Indian citizens, claiming
the app breaches user privacy. The plea sought a ban on the usage of Zoom till
an apt legislation for standard regulation of the app forms in place. The
Supreme court has further seeked responses from the Central government and Zoom
Video Communications Inc. around banning the video conferencing app in India
over privacy issues.
Last month, Cyber Coordination Centre (CyCord) of India?s ministry of home
affairs, also?stated in a 16-page advisory, that it doesn?t consider Zoom a
?safe platform?. The National cyber-security agency, Computer Emergency Response
Team of India (CERT-In), had also released a warning regarding the vulnerability
of the app around security and user data.
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