Zoom, the videoconferencing giant that’s gained huge popularity in the work-from-home coronavirus age, sends user data to China.
The report’s authors, Bill Marczak and John Scott-Railton at the University of Toronto-based Citizen Lab, say their findings raise issues about whether U.S. government organizations should be using it at all.
U.S. agencies handling the coronavirus response had spent a collective $1.3 million on Zoom tech in just a few days at the end of March.
“The research seems to raise a lot of questions, which Zoom really needs to answer with detail, not vague promises or denials. Be transparent if you want people to trust your product,” said professor Alan Woodward, a cryptography expert at the University of Surrey.