Earlier this week we reported on New York City banning the use of Zoom at schools over security concerns involving the videoconferencing platform. Now Google has cited similar concerns, and has directed employees not to use the application, according to a report from Buzzfeed News.
The publication says Zoom does not meet Google’s stringent security standards, and in particular has seen several flaws with the desktop version of the app.
“We have long had a policy of not allowing employees to use unapproved apps for work that are outside of our corporate network,” Jose Castaneda, a Google spokesperson explained to BuzzFeed News.
“Recently, our security team informed employees using Zoom Desktop Client that it will no longer run on corporate computers as it does not meet our security standards for apps used by our employees. Employees who have been using Zoom to stay in touch with family and friends can continue to do so through a web browser or via mobile,” he added.
The decision to ban the use of Zoom does not leave Google employees on the lurch, however, as the tech firm has a number of its own applications to help with connectivity, specifically Google Meets as a means for employees to facilitate videoconferences.
As such, those not wanting to use Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Skype for Business, can turn to Google Meets as an alternative.
Whether the employees choose to do so remains to be seen, but the list of companies now opting not to use Zoom is growing, with other high-profile examples being SpaceX and the Taiwanese government.
While this is happening, Zoom is scrambling to address the security concerns on its app, all of which has come to light as the application has skyrocketed in popularity since the COVID-19 pandemic occurred, and likely took the company by surprise too.
If Zoom wants to retain those millions of new users it has garnered, it needs to work quickly to address said security concerns.