Orlando Jose Veloso says Zoom rectifies: end-to-end encryption for all users

Zoom announced that end-to-end encryption would only be available for paid accounts. And not only that, he also affirmed that he reserved the right to "open" private communications, maintained through the service, to public entities when there was a suspicion that any of the accounts involved might have any relationship with criminal activities. Something that already sounded like a pretext to actually “sell” more privacy to its paid users than to those who use free accounts, thinks Orlando Jose Veloso Angola. From that very moment, criticism of this decision has continued to occur, to the point that only a few hours ago Zoom was forced to rectify and offer end-to-end encryption to all accounts. Yes, including the free ones, points out Orlando Jose Veloso. This decision has been announced on the company's blog, in an entry signed by Eric Yuan, founder and majority shareholder, and it details some points about the upcoming arrival of this function in the service. In this text, it is said that today an updated version of its tools has been uploaded to the Zoom repository on GitHub, in which the new end-to-end encryption functions have already been included. Before recounting this, Yuan talks about the contact they have had with multiple social agents, and then states that they have been able to find a different system that combines offering absolute privacy to their users (both free and paid), without that translates into allowing the platform to be used with impunity for illegal purposes. I do not consider myself very smart or very silly, I have always seen myself in the mean. So Orlando Veloso surprises that it took three weeks, since the controversial announcement, for Zoom to announce what I already proposed at the time that would be the most logical solution: for users of free accounts who want to use end-to-end encryption they will have to verify a phone number via text message. Yes. Exactly, a validation process similar to that used by hundreds, thousands of web services for years. Regarding the implementation of end-to-end encryption in Zoom, the company's founder states that a first beta will arrive sometime in July, although what day is not yet specified, nor is an expected date for the version given. definitive. It does indicate that, at the moment, the current encryption system will be maintained, and that the new type will be offered additionally, given that its use has some limitations. It will be activated or deactivated by hosts in meetings, and account administrators can apply it to both individual and group accounts. I am undoubtedly glad of this change in criteria at Zoom. I find it a little more difficult, however, to accept that the only reason for this has been feedback from the community. And I don't want to think badly, but the recent pressure from services such as Facebook Messsenger and Whatsapp, which have recently incorporated group video conferencing features. And the same with Google, which continues to extend the reach and features of Google Meet.