The company has been in news for privacy-related issues since last few months. It failed to disclose that the video and voice calling service is not fully encrypted. Zoom has developed a few features that give more controls to meeting hosts and allow users to securely join meetings. Now, the company has published the first draft of cryptography. The meeting encryption will be limited to all paying customers.
Eric Yuan, chief executive officer of Zoom said, “We are also investigating mechanisms that would allow enterprise users to provide additional levels of authentication. This acquisition marks a key step for Zoom as we attempt to accomplish the creation of a truly private video communications platform that can scale to hundreds of millions of participants, while also having the flexibility to support Zoom’s wide variety of uses.”
After preparing the first draft, the company will discuss with cryptographic experts and customers before integrating feedback into the final design. The encryption will be rolled out to users after that.
The encryption tools will be available for all paying customers. Logged in users will generate public cryptographic identities that are stored in a repository on Zoom network. It can even establish trust relationships between meeting attendees.
As part of the deal, Keybase will become a subsidiary of Zoom. The company’s co-founder Max Krohn will lead the security engineering team. Keybase’s 24-member team will now work as part of Zoom’s team.