Zoom, the video conferencing software that people love and hate nowadays, is no longer allowed on Google employees' laptops.
According to BuzzFeed, Google sent an email to employees who had zoom installed on their laptops and warned that work would stop this week.
In the email, Google mentions "vulnerabilities" as the reason for the decision, and Zoom certainly had a number of issues in the security and privacy department. This includes a bug that allowed attackers to steal other users' Windows credentials, send data to Facebook for no good reason, and the vulnerability of the software to people who accidentally raid other people's chats. This is known as zoom bombing.
Last week, Zoom apologized for the errors and promised to freeze the development of the software features for 90 days to fully focus on fixing them.
A Google spokesman confirmed the decision to BuzzFeed. "Recently, our security team informed employees using Zoom Desktop Client that it could no longer run on corporate computers because it did not meet our security standards for apps used by our employees," said the spokesman.
However, it is worth noting that Zoom competes with several of Google's own video conferencing apps, especially Meet.
Google’s decision follows a similar decision by SpaceX that recently banned employees from using Zoom, citing "significant privacy and security concerns." Zoom has also recently been banned in New York schools and Taiwanese government agencies.
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