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11/09/2020 Zoom’s Meeting Platform security crisis continues. 07/13/2020 Wants to share calls with the police!

11/09/2020 – Update

FTC Requires Zoom to Enhance its Security Practices as Part of Settlement.
Commission alleged that the company deceived users about the level of security for Zoom meeting platform and unfairly undermined a browser security feature.

“Zoom has agreed to a requirement to establish and implement a comprehensive security program, a prohibition on privacy and security misrepresentations, and other detailed and specific relief to protect its user base, which has skyrocketed from 10 million in December 2019 to 300 million in April 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

07/25/2020 – UPDATE

From all the external pressures – ZOOM reversed its decision to make end-to-end encryption a paid feature. Privacy and Security MUST be the default in technology, not a paid luxury!
ORIGINAL 07/13/2020 POST: 

This is outrageous. Zoom made significant and commendable strides forward to finally address security flaws in 2020. However, IMO this latest policy change puts them back into the dog house. Zoom just announced that they will NOT offer end to end encryption to users with free accounts, because they want to give the police and FBI access to calls.

If paid subscribers do have end to end encryption this “policy” is a blatant strategy to simply generate revenue.

Sign the petition to tell Zoom: “Keep people safe by implementing default end to end encryption for all video, audio, and text chat.”

Tell Zoom to implement end to end encryption for all users.

“This threatens protesters who are using Zoom to coordinate demonstrations and have confidential discussions about necessary reforms. By giving cops these sensitive conversations, Zoom puts activists at risk. The police can use the information gathered to disrupt protests and even arrest the people involved.”

“As activists demand justice, accountability, and freedom from police violence, Zoom fuels the very police oppression the protesters are fighting against.1

“This is a decisive moment of change. The need for safety both on and offline has never been greater. Now more than ever companies must take action for our security, not expose us to more danger.”

Tell Zoom to keep all users safe.

“Eric Yuan, Zoom’s CEO, believes limiting encryption to paying customers is necessary because “some people use Zoom for bad purposes.” Not only does Yuan show disturbing bias in drawing a connection between free users and criminals, but he’s making a ridiculous argument. People with bad intentions will just pay to secure their calls, which means there’s literally no reason not to offer end to end encryption to free account holders other than to do law enforcement a favor.2,3

Eric Yuan, CEO Zoom

And while bad actors and corporations pay for safety, users who can’t afford paid accounts will be left vulnerable to cyber-criminals, stalkers, and governments around the world can access calls with full cooperation from Zoom.4

This sets an extremely dangerous precedent. This is what law enforcement wants and why they’re pressuring facebook to not roll out end to end encryption on messenger. By doing this Zoom is reinforcing a dangerous lie that widespread availability of end to end encryption is inherently dangerous, which is just nonsense.5

Tell Zoom to make all user accounts safe and secure with end to end encryption.

1. The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/jun/03/zoom-privacy-law-enforcement-technology-yuan
2. CNET: https://www.cnet.com/news/zoom-wont-add-encryption-to-free-calls-so-it-can-work-with-law-enforcement/
3. Schneier on Security:  https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2020/04/secure_internet.html
4. Tech Crunch: https://techcrunch.com/2020/04/01/zoom-doom/
5. The Verge: https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/3/21158030/encryption-explainer-guide-law-enforcement-apple-fbi

Reliable resources and patience during COVID-19

“Be patient so you don’t become one.”
1990 PostMedCare / MHF

During these times of increased anxieties, the aforementioned holds true as it did when first coined in the early 90s.

I understand how you may be feeling.  Anxious for the most current accurate information.  So many have felt and are feeling the same.  What many have found to counter the negative is to stay informed by utilizing credible resources. No one has all the answers.  However, the below resources can help us all to be informed and significantly reduce risk.

Get the latest public health information from the CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov.

Get the latest research from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus.

Medical professional resources all can tap into:

March 18

JAMA held a live interview with NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, MD, about updates on the coronavirus.

March 17

—AMA has designed a quick guide to support physicians and practices in expediting the implementation of telemedicine.

—CDC held its latest webinar: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update and Information for Long-term Care Facilities

—The CDC updated guidelines on cruise ship travel to include additional pre-travel advice about in-cabin isolation if patients become sick during a cruise and a 14-day quarantine following completion of any cruise. 

—New CDC interim guidance released on March 16 for discontinuation of home isolation for persons with COVID-19 as well as new FAQ for Healthcare Professionals released March 17 that provides additional knowledge regarding  COVID-19 at this time.

March 16

—AMA issued a letter to the White House to express the urgent need to resolve the mounting problems being raised by the nation’s frontline caregivers with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic.

—New CDC guidance recommends all persons defer any travel on cruise ships and river boats worldwide and provides recommendations to clinicians and state and local health departments to provide patients with pre- and post-travel advice to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Special edition of AMA Journal of Ethics Ethics Talk: Editor-in-chief, Audiey Kao, MD, discusses the ethical challenges, including resource scarcity and medical worker obligations, that arise during pandemics with public health expert Dr Matthew Wynia.