In recent years, Zoom has become one of the most popular video conferencing platforms in the world, boasting over 300 million daily meeting participants- largely due to the sharp increase in remote working trends. Though many people find its interface user-friendly and convenient, it certainly comes with a host of privacy risks. Privacy experts have been concerned about Zoom since 2019, when the software disclosed its involvement in both a webcam hacking scandal along with a bug that allowed uninvited users to snoop in on video meetings- even ones protected with a password (now known as “zoom-bombing”). Since then, Zoom has cleaned up its act and disabled concerning features, such as its built-in attention-tracking features, and enabled security features like end-to-end encryption. However, there are still several privacy concerns to watch out for.
- Non-Attendees May be Watching your Recordings: If you pay for a Zoom subscription, be mindful of who you allow to access cloud recordings. This feature, which allows hosts to record the meeting, text transcriptions, and active chats within the meeting, can be useful as a reference for meeting attendees, but can also be accessed by other authorized users at your company- including those who may have never attended the session. If you’re concerned, Zoom allows administrators to limit the recording’s accessibility to only certain preapproved IP addresses.
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