Chief Executive Officer Zoom, Eric S. Yuan, announced that company will provide end-to-end encryption (E2EE) in all of them users of the teleconferencing application. All users need to do to have this feature is to "Verify" them accounts providing them with additional identification information, such as their phone number.
"We are pleased to announce that we have identified a way forward that balances the legal right of all users to privacy and safety users on our platform, "said Yuan.
“This will allow us to offer end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for all users us all over the world, or use it application free or not. At the same time, we will be able to prevent and combat any abuse on the Zoom platform. "
Zoom originally announced (May 27) that the end-to-end encryption will only be available to customers who pay subscription. Users who use the app for free would only have access to it 256-bit GCM encryption.
Verification of accounts for activation of E2EE
As mentioned above, Zoom users should first verify them accounts using various means, such as using their phone number.
"Many leading companies require similar steps in account creation to reduce the massive creation of fake accounts," explained the CEO of Zoom.
"We are confident that with the implementation of authentication and with our current tools, including operation Report a User"We can continue to prevent and combat abuse."
Η end-to-end encryption in Zoom will be released from July 2020
According to Yuan's announcement, one early beta version of the E2EE feature in Zoom will be released from July 2020.
Account managers will be able to enable or disable 2EE both at team and account level, as it will be available as optional feature.
The users of Zoom will still be able to use the current AES 256 GCM encryption (default encryption), which according to Yuan, is "one of the strongest encryption standards used today."