Zoom faces multiple bans after security breaches around the globe

Due to the present social distancing measures among people around the globe, video conferencing and streaming platforms are having their best months. The number of users has shot up by a huge margin for all services as people try to stay connected. Zoom has also received its fair share of criticism, along with a drastic increase in usage. There is a growing list of security flaws that come with the app with zoombombing, email addresses, videos and photos being leaked, lack of end-to-end encryption, bugs, and compromised root access in macOS.

These flaws have prompted some organizations, companies, institutions, and governments to take drastic measures and ban Zoom from being used in their premises. Here is a list of all the organizations that have banned Zoom so far.

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Governments and Agencies that have banned Zoom:

  • Australian Defense Force: ADF banned its members from using Zoom after an Australian comedian had zoom bombed their official meetings.
  • US Senate: Senate urged its members to choose any platform other than Zoom as privacy concerns seemed to be growing.
  • NASA: All NASA employees were banned from using Zoom.
  • Taiwan: Government agencies in Taiwan are prohibited from using Zoom for official work.

Companies that have banned Zoom:

  • Google: The tech giant banned Zoom from employee computers this week. Google employees have been advised to use Duo and Meet for video calls and conferences.
  • Space X: Space X has also forbidden its employees from using the platform due to privacy concerns.
  • Smart Communications: It is a Philippines based ISP that has banned Zoom for internal use among its employees.  

Schools and educational institutions:

  • Singapore schools: Singapore has also banned teachers from using Zoom after security breaches.
  • NYC Department of education: They have banned teachers from using Zoom and are encouraging to switch to Microsoft teams.
  • Clark County Public Schools: Schools in Nevada have now disabled Zoom on all computers.

To address security concerns, Zoom has launched a 90-day plan to bolster privacy and security issues and has also tapped former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos as an adviser.

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