Apex court seeks govt’s reply on plea for Zoom app audit | India News


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday sought the Centre’s response to a PIL seeking a comprehensive technical and security audit of Zoom video application, apprehending that the increase in use of this app for video conferencing and webinars was posing a serious threat to privacy and data security.
A bench headed by CJI S A Bobde asked the Union government to file its response to the PIL filed by homemaker and part-time private tutor Harsh Chugh, who appears to have devoted considerable time to cull out data about incidents in other countries relating to security and privacy issues arising from the use of Zoom app.
She sought a ban on use of Zoom by the government and people till a thorough security audit cleared the app and rules were framed for the purpose.
Zoom Video Communications, the software company providing remote conferencing service that combines video conferencing, online meetings, chats and mobile collaborations, is providing poor privacy and security practices to its users, the same has also been accepted by the CEO of the said company, Eric Yuhan,” Chugh claimed.“Zoom app practises data hoarding and cyber hoarding which includes mass storage of personal data of its users and stores cloud recordings, instant messages, files, whiteboards etc… Further, there have been concerns about what is now being called ‘zoombombing’ where an unauthorised person or stranger joins a Zoom meeting/chat session and causes disorder by saying offensive things and even photo bombing the meeting by sharing pornographic and/or hate images,” Chugh alleged.


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