Zoom, the world’s most popular video conferencing platform announced it will roll out an end to end encryption feature (E2EE) to all users (Free/Basic). This is coming after there has been an outrage over poor security on its cloud-based video conferencing platform.
It’s not clear when the feature will launch for all users, but the beta is arriving in July and Zoom intends to have some level of permissions so account administrators can disable or enable it at the account or group level.
To make this possible, Free/Basic users seeking access to E2EE will participate in a one-time process that will prompt the user for additional pieces of information, such as verifying a phone number via a text message.
Other applications including Signal, Skype, and WhatsApp already offer E2EE in their messages and calls.
Zoom CEO Eric Yuan explains in its blog post, announcing its decision to bring E2EE to paid users only in early June. He explained that they want to be able to help law enforcement in investigations and that people who use Zoom to disrupt online meetings and to engage in criminal acts and facilitate horrible abuse generally use free (quasi-anonymous) accounts, also noting we are confident that by implementing risk-based authentication, in combination with our current mix of tools — including our Report a User function — we can continue to prevent and fight abuse.