Ban Zoom Petition: SC Issues Notice to Centre to Respond
GUWAHATI: The Supreme Court on Friday, May 22 asked the government of India to respond to a petition seeking a ban on the use of video communications app ‘Zoom’ for official and personal purposes.
A bench led by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde issued a notice to the Centre on the plea which sought to raise privacy concerns over using Zoom. The court has directed the government to file a reply in four weeks.
“Zoom is reported to have a bug that can be abused intentionally to leak information of users to third parties. The app has been falsely claiming that calls are end-to-end encrypted when they are not,” states the petition filed by Harsh Chugh, a resident of Delhi.
Commenting on the matter, a Zoom spokesperson said, “Zoom takes user privacy, security, and trust extremely seriously. We have been focused on enhancing our commitment to security and privacy under our 90-day plan announced on April 1 and have made significant progress."
It should be noted that while Zoom has received a great response across the world amid the lockdown when people are majorly dependent on video calling services to connect with their loved ones, the application has faced a lot of flak too.