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Zoom is facing questions about how private or secure it really is

Video conferencing platform Zoom is coming under mounting pressure over allegedly lax security and privacy policies. The company claims it uses end-to-end encryption, but it is able to access video and audio from meetings hosted on its app, The Intercept reported yesterday. On the same day, Vice revealed Zoom is leaking thousands of users’ email addresses and photos, and letting strangers try to initiate calls with each other. https://www.technologyreview.com/s/615430/zoom-is-facing-questions-about-how-private-or-secure-it-really-is/

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  • Senator Richard Blumenthal called on Zoom to spell out what consumer data it collects, stores and shares, an early sign of the headwinds the company may face in Washington as its usage booms during the coronavirus outbreak. The Connecticut Democrat, a top privacy hawk, also demanded that the company clarify whether it offers users end-to-end encryption or guarantees them protections afforded under the world's most stringent privacy laws, the California Consumer Privacy Act and the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation.

    Blumenthal added that while Zoom has recently taken steps to clarify how it handles user information, "its privacy policy still grants it broad discretion to use personal data for other purposes than providing video conferences."

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