Popular video conferencing tool
has announced that it will make the platform more secure for all its users by offering end-to-end encryption. The company had last month announced that the
will be available only to paying clients and the CEO of the company Eric Yuan, reaffirmed the same earlier this month at the company's first-quarter earnings call.
However, the company now has decided to offer end-to-end encryption not just to those who are the paid customers of the platform but all its users.
Explaining in a blog post, Yuan said that since the company released the draft design of Zoom’s end-to-end encryption last month, it has engaged with several stakeholders to gather their feedback on this feature on the basis of which it has released an updated E2EE design on GitHub.
“We are also pleased to share that we have identified a path forward that balances the legitimate right of all users to privacy and the safety of users on our platform. This will enable us to offer end-to-end encryption as an advanced add-on feature for all of our users around the globe – free and paid – while maintaining the ability to prevent and fight abuse on our platform,” said Yuan in the blog post.
The early beta of the end-to-end encryption feature will be made live next month, said the company. For each call, the account administrators will be able to enable and disable it at the account and group level.
Also, it won’t be enabled by default as users will continue to use AES 256 GCM transport encryption as the default encryption. In order to turn on the end-to-end encryption, free/basic users will have to go through a one-time process of providing their phone number by verifying it via a text.