Tech giant Google has reportedly banned its employees from using the video conferencing app Zoom due to security concerns, while the US Senate has also flagged similar concerns to senators about the app.
Zoom has been widely used in recent weeks, as people around the world began to work increasingly from home, and required the app to communicate with their colleagues.
Google spokesperson Jose Castaneda confirmed the company-wide ban on the use of Zoom, stating: ‘We have long had a policy of not allowing employees to use unapproved apps for work that are outside of our corporate network.
‘Recently, our security team informed employees using Zoom Desktop Client that it will no longer run on corporate computers as it does not meet our security standards for apps used by our employees.
‘Employees who have been using Zoom to stay in touch with family and friends can continue to do so through a web browser or via mobile.’
In addition, US senators have been warned against using Zoom by the Sergeant at Arms after concerns were raised about data security.
The Financial Times has quoted one witness of the Senate warning, who confirmed that each senator’s office was instructed to find an alternative platform to use while working remotely. However, The witness added that a ban was not issued on the use of Zoom.
Zoom stock has fallen dramatically in value by 25% in recent days as the company grapples with widespread public and regulatory backlash over its lax privacy practices and issues with harassment.
Last week, the company apologised publicly for making misleading statements about the strength of its encryption technology, which is supposed to prevent external parties from accessing users’ data.
In addition, Zoom has admitted to ‘mistakenly’ routing user data through China over the last month as it struggled to manage increasing traffic, even though the company had previously promised that users’ meeting information would remain in its country of origin.
Extra.ie has contacted Zoom for comment.