Apparently Zoom straight up lied about conferences being E2E encrypted, and didn’t tell anyone that they were passing personally identifiable data to Facebook & Google for years.

They have just had their ass handed to them by the FTC, and members of a class action lawsuit will be receiving compensation. Also… maybe don’t use Zoom unless your employer makes you. 😬

arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20

@TrechNex Why am I not surprised...
Unfortunately $85M is a ridiculous amount for such a scale.
I suspect the profit thanks to wrongdoing was higher.

@TrechNex They later worked with Big Tech companies and the US DOD to ensure that they now have good security practices.

Some people apparently find that comforting rather than doubly alarming.

@TrechNex Yeah, my mum has to use Zoom for WW meetings and frankly, do not want, but I can understand the importance at the mo. :blobnervous:

@TrechNex Wow, shout out to my university for hosting private meetings with tons of vulnerable data on that platform xd

@TrechNex even if one's employer DOES make them use zoom, they should still refuse.

@TrechNex um, they've been lightly scolded. Clearly fraud pays.

@TrechNex I had to use Zoom today for remote health. I'd have gone in, but my car was in pieces in the driveway. Boy do I feel icky about it.

@TrechNex @aral But then don't switch to Google Meet or Teams either!!

@TrechNex Zoom is as trustworthy as Drumpf. Too bad the fine wasn't higher.

@TrechNex but the owners received their profits. Time to move on.

@TrechNex the only reason i use zoom is exactly that: my employer uses it

we're a computer company.
that specialises in software automation.
you'd think we could setup our own jitsi??

@meena @TrechNex Trying to get people to use Jitsi Meet...

someone else: Comcast outage in their area

someone else: "Jitsi Meet fucking sucks! Let's get on Zoom."

🤦

@TrechNex the silly thing is that this was found out like a year ago and people still insisted on using it despite that :blobcatmlem:

@TrechNex this is my surprised face. Unless your hosting it yourself assume that your data is being used for nefarious purposes.

(thread missing CW) Zoom, this CW is incomplete, actioned, ++, further actionable to users 

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(thread missing CW) Zoom, this CW is incomplete, actioned, ++, further actionable to users 

@TrechNex .hg YES

HELL YES

HELL. FUCKING. YES.

@TrechNex I mean it was technically encrypted end to end... With the possibility of a few taps along the way lol

@TrechNex And to think that they acquihired Keybase a year ago supposedly to implement strong E2EE in their products, and then they did nothing but publish a whitepaper. Meanwhile, Keybase development is stalled (only minor bugfixes on GitHub) and Zoom continues compulsively lying about its security and shares personal data without used's consent. They keep on lying!

@TrechNex $85 million dollars is nothing to Zoom. After this settlement they will probably just pretend they're working on it, remove some mentions of E2EE from their apps and when sued again, the cycle will repeat.

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