The Taiwanese government called on government agencies on Tuesday to stop using video calling app Zoom. The app is under attack due to various security issues. Taiwan is the first country to formally discourage the use of Zoom.
If government agencies are to hold video conferences, they should "not use products with security vulnerabilities, such as Zoom," the Taiwan government said in a statement Tuesday. The government did not specifically address the security concerns.
Zoom is criticized because the privacy of users is not sufficiently protected. For example, users' names and email addresses were automatically linked to LinkedIn profiles without permission. In addition, passwords are not properly secured, users can view each other's account information and the encryption does not work properly.
On Monday, it was found that several US school districts prohibit the use of Zoom. Unauthorized persons can break in and show unwanted images in the video call. Taiwan's Ministry of Education said later on Tuesday that schools shouldn't use Zoom either.
The Taiwanese government recommends using apps developed in-house. Products from Google and Microsoft can also be considered.
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