INTRO: Zoom, the incredibly popular but oftentimes controversial video-conferencing app, will begin rolling out end-to-end encryption (E2EE) next week. Announcing the planned update during a blog post, the corporate said that the feature are going to be available as a technical preview, which suggests users are expected to supply feedback for the first 30 days.
Once the feature is fully implemented, the corporate says that both free and paid users from round the world are going to be ready to host up to 200 participants in end-to-end encrypted video-conferences on Zoom, bringing increased privacy and enhanced security.
The company says that the rollout are going to be a phased one, with the primary phase close to be set into motion next week.
Zoom says that its E2EE will use the same powerful GCM encryption that’s already implemented as part of the app’s current security setup, with the only difference being how those encryption keys are created and distributed.
Explaining the process, Zoom said: “In typical meetings, Zoom’s cloud generates encryption keys and distributes them to meeting participants using Zoom apps as they join. With Zoom’s E2EE, the meeting’s host generates encryption keys and uses public key cryptography to distribute these keys to the opposite meeting participants. Zoom’s servers become oblivious relays and never see the encryption keys required to decrypt the meeting contents.”
The announcement was made Wednesday at the 2020 edition of the company’s annual ‘Zoomtopia’ event, where it also announced a new integrated ‘OnZoom’ platform for classes and events, as well as the ‘Zapps’ platform to permit users to integrate third-party apps with video conferences.
Zoom originally announced plans to implement E2EE earlier this year in a move that the company claimed will provide an additional layer of security “on top of Zoom’s already strong encryption and advanced security features”. According to the corporate , E2EE will offer “robust protections to assist prevent the interception of decryption keys that would be wont to monitor meeting content”.