Zoom Fails To Meet Own Deadline For Publishing Transparency Report

Zoom had promised to release a transparency report by June 30, but the company has failed to keep its word as no report has yet been released.

Neel Raju Nalawade

July 2, 2020

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Video conferencing giant Zoom has been under the scanner of cybersecurity experts ever since its surge in popularity following COVID-19 lockdowns all across the globe. Various security lapses and privacy concerns had led to a number of big companies abandoning it as their preferred tool of communication with their homebound employees. As a transparency measure, Zoom had assured that it would release demands of information made by governments by June 30. The date has passed but the report remains absent.

Transparency reports are rare insights into the number of demands or requests that a company receives from governments about user data. Their release is not mandatory, but they indeed help understand the scale and scope of government surveillance. Zoom had agreed to release a transparency report after the company admitted to having briefly suspended the Zoom accounts of two US-based users and one Hong Kong-based user at the behest of the Chinese government. These users were not based in China but had held a Zoom call to commemorate the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

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