The videoconferencing company says it's making privacy improvements after reporting by Consumer Reports and others
The teleconferencing platform has exploded in popularity during the coronavirus epidemic, as a way for businesses, schools, clubs, and friends to stay in touch.
How to Protect Your Privacy on Zoom
If you're participating in Zoom calls, there are still a few things to be cautious about.
Zoom gives hosts significant power, including the ability to record meetings and order transcriptions, and the duty to keep any meeting data safe, whether it's stored on a laptop or under a host's password in Zoom's cloud.
A number of embarrassing Zoom videos have going viral after being shared online. So even if you trust everyone on the call not to share your video, slipshod security by the host could make your communications public.
You can look for an icon that tells you when a meeting is being recorded by the host. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can ask your host to turn on a feature that requires participants to provide consent before a recording can begin.
If you’re hosting a videoconference, we suggest you use the feature, which is turned off by default.
To be cautious, you can keep your camera and mic turned off unless you're actually speaking. If you feel that you need to have the camera turned on, Zoom lets you choose a photo as the background for your video.
That will keep other people from seeing the dirty dishes in the sink, family photos, or political posters or books you might not want to share with your co-workers or clients.
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