Taiwan's Executive Yuan issued a notice on Tuesday that prevented the country's government agencies from using Zoom and other video software with "related security or privacy concerns". Instead, the government said alternatives, including software from Google and Microsoft, should be considered.
Many organizations have relied on Zoom to hold meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the video conferencing app has also been criticized for security and privacy reasons.
Government agencies in other countries have also restricted the use of zoom, although Taiwan's ban is one of the most extensive to date. For example, New York officials said schools are no longer allowed to use Zoom for distance learning and the Australian Defense Force and its MPs can no longer use the service.
The Taiwanese government's announcement says, "The executive The Yuan Department of Cyber Security (DCS) today officially advised all government organizations and certain non-governmental organizations that the underlying video software to be used is not security or Should it become operationally necessary to take part in video conferences, the zoom video communication service should have data protection concerns. "
The DCS added:" If the organization has to use non-domestically produced software for international exchange or another special situation, many global and communication giants ̵
On April 1, Zoom founder and CEO Eric Yuan wrote on the company's blog: "The use of Zoom has skyrocketed overnight – far beyond what we expected when we first announced it had our desire to help in late February, ”with more than 200 million daily meeting participants in March, compared to 10 million in December.
He apologized for the company's security problems and wrote: “We will examine each and every one of them and address them as soon as possible.
In March, when usage suddenly increased due to the pandemic, ZoomBombing became an issue where users used the software's screen sharing feature to interrupt meetings with inappropriate content, including violent images and pornography. The Intercept also reported that zoom video calls are not consistently encrypted, as the company claims. Last week, Citizen Lab researchers said they found that some calls were being routed through China.
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