Zoom has become the word for online meetings, online teaching, and online parties. But data security and data privacy had been a concern for long. As of Oct 28, 2020, Zoom has started rolling out the new end-to-end Encryption feature. This feature is for both the free and paid users on all platforms like PC, MAC, iOS and Android. This end-to-end encryption feature will safeguard the private and sensitive data of the users. Even Zoom will not have access to the Encryption key except the participants of that specific group chat session. This end-to-end encryption is called as E2EE.
This E2EE will remain activated and users would be able to host more than 200 participants at a time. But Zoom states that this E2EE feature will be available as a technical preview for first 30 days. What is a technical preview? It is the phase during which, Zoom looks for feedback from users. You can provide the feedback from the Feedback to Zoom link on your account page. Customers may enable end-to-end encryption at the account, group, and user level. Basic (free) customers who would like to host end-to-end encrypted meetings will also need to be SMS verified. After the 30-day technical preview period is over, users would be able to use the E2EE feature as usual.
What happens if you enable this feature for your Zoom account?
- Your data is secure, even from Zoom.
- All meeting participants must join from the Zoom desktop client, mobile app, or Zoom Rooms.
- Following features will be disabled:
- join before host,
- cloud recording,
- live transcription,
- Breakout Rooms,
- 1:1 private chat, and
- meeting reactions.
- So if the above features are important for you use E2EE only for meetings where additional protection is needed.
Enabling E2EE at User level:
To enable End-to-end (E2E) encrypted meetings for your own use:
- Sign in to the Zoom web portal (https://zoom.us/).
- In the navigation panel, click Settings.
- Click the Meeting tab.
- Under Security, verify that Allow use of end-to-end encryption is enabled.
- If the setting is disabled, click the toggle to enable it. If a verification dialog displays, click Turn On to verify the change.
Note: If the option is grayed out, it has been locked at either the group or account level. You need to contact your Zoom admin.
- Under Security, choose the default encryption type as End-to-end encryption.
- Click Save.
Checkout this article on Zoom site for details of end-to-end encryption feature.