Earlier, the government has not only restricted the use of Zoom for its own video meetings, but also issued an advisory which confirmed that Zoom video chats were not secure, for personal or professional use. The Government of India’s Cyber Coordination Center, or CyCord, and the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-in) have issued advisories.
The Union home ministry has raised alarm bells, flagging video conferencing software Zoom as unsafe and vulnerable to cyber crimes.
The ministry’s notification comes at a time when the platform has gained prominence with most industries now working from home in the wake of the covid-19 outbreak, globally.
At the same time, with privacy coming into question in the case of Zoom, the Centre has also asked all its ministers and staff to refrain from conducting any meetings on third party applications.
The company has now confirmed that it is in conversation with the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of India on the specific security issues that saw the Home Ministry restrict the use of Zoom for all government video meetings.
Harry Moseley, the Chief Information Officer at Zoom has confirmed that the company is also working on adding actual end-to-end encryption to further secure video calls.