The U.S. Senate has told its members to stop using Zoom’s video conferencing app due to data safety concerns, while the company makes an attempt to stem a world backlash against its fast-growing app.
Senators have been asked to find another platform to use for remote working, said a source who saw the warning.
Using Zoom has jumped after political parties, corporate offices, colleges, organizations, and millions internationally began working from home after lockdowns had been enforced to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Nonetheless, the huge inflow of users on its platform has raised concerns starting from its lack of end-to-end encryption of assembly sessions, routing of visitors through China and “zoombombing,” when uninvited guests crash meetings.
To deal with these issues, the corporate has employed former Fb safety chief Alex Stamos as an adviser and shaped an advisory board to look into its privateness and security practices.
On Wednesday, Alphabet Inc’s Google banned the desktop model of Zoom from its company laptops.
Taiwan and Germany had already put restrictions on Zoom’s use, whereas Elon Musk’s SpaceX has banned the app over safety considerations. The corporate additionally faces a class-action lawsuit.