Companies Ban Zoom due to Privacy Concerns

At this point everybody has either downloaded or heard of Zoom. The video conferencing app has had a massive increase in users because of new remote work requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic. People rely upon it for work and even for staying connected to friends and family while everyone is self quarantining.  This spike in users also exposed a growing list of security flaws like “zoom bombing” trolls have emerged, user email addresses and photos have leaked, calls aren’t being end-to-end encrypted, and flaws found in the Zoom installer allow an attacker to gain root access to computers that run a malicious version of it. These security flaws have prompted some organizations, companies, governments, government agencies, and schools to ban Zoom or restrict its use. Below is a list of all the various companies, states, countries, and organizations that have deemed Zoom too insecure.

Companies that have banned Zoom:

  1. Google has banned Zoom from company-owned computers; administrators will disable it this week, and Google employees have been directed to use Duo instead.
  2. SpaceX has forbidden employees from using Zoom, citing security and privacy concerns.
  3. Smart Communications, a Philippines-based ISP, has banned Zoom for internal use.

Governments and government agencies that have banned Zoom:

  1. Taiwan has banned Zoom for use by all government agencies.
  2. NASA has banned all employees from using Zoom.
  3. The German Foreign Ministry has restricted Zoom use to personal computers in emergency situations only, as reported by Reuters.
  4. The United States Senate has urged its members to choose platforms other than Zoom due to security concerns, but has not issued an outright ban.
  5. The Australian Defense Force banned its members from using Zoom after an Australian comedian Zoom bombed one of its meetings.

Educational institutions that have banned Zoom:

  1. New York City’s Department of Education has banned teachers from using Zoom and encourages them to switch to Microsoft Teams.
  2. Clark County Public Schools in Nevada has disabled Zoom on all school computers.

Just last week Loginhood posted about the NY State Attorney General’s letter to Zoom concerned about their cybersecurity. The CEO of Zoom has said they are attempting to patch all the flaws in their security, but the problem is they have exploded with popularity that they simply can’t catch up.