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This article was published on April 9, 2020

Google bans employees from using Zoom on their devices

Google bans employees from using Zoom on their devices
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

Another day and another organization has banned Zoom over privacy concerns around the popular video conferencing app. This one’s pretty big: Google has barred all its employees from using Zoom on their devices.

BuzzFeed News reported last night that the company’s security team sent an internal email last week notifying employees that Zoom would stop working on their work machines, citing “security concerns” in the app.

A Google spokesperson said in a statement that Zoom‘s desktop client doesn’t meet the company’s security standards; employees can use Zoom through a web browser or mobile to stay in touch with family and friends.

It’s worth noting that Google has a video conferencing app called Google Meet (previously known as Hangout Meet). The company can simply use that internally, and avoid Zoom for the time being.

[Read: How to make group video calls without logins or downloads]

Google joins an already growing list of companies and organizations that has banned Zoom: SpaceX, New York City schools, the German health ministry, and the Taiwan government.

Zoom has been facing severe backlash after a plethora of privacy and security issues cropped up in the past month or so. Earlier this week, a shareholder in the US sued the company alleging that security concerns have caused a drop in its share prices.

The company has been making efforts to make things right and reinstate trust in its users. Last week, the company’s CEO, Eric Yuan, apologized for all these mishaps and said the team will not work on any new features for 90 days, and focus on security instead. Yesterday, the firm also announced it hired Facebook’s former chief security officer, Alex Stamos, as an outside consultant to make the platform safer.

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