News By/Courtesy: Ayush Garg | 22 May 2020 0:14am IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • In the petition, citing the right to privacy, the court has been requested to direct the Center to ban this app until a proper law is made
  • Indian Computer Emergency Response Team — India’s nodal cyber security agency — too had warned about cyber risks involved in using Zoom
  • Zoom app “practices data hoarding and cyber hoarding”

A PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court to ban the video calling app zoom. In the petition, citing the right to privacy, the court has been requested to direct the Center to ban this app until a proper law is made.
The petition by Harsh Chugh states that there is a risk of cybercrime by frequent use of the zoom app. Therefore, the Central Government should be instructed to conduct a detailed technical study regarding its use, so that the security and privacy threats arising from it can be detected. The petition said that the continued use of this app could threaten national security. It can also promote a variety of cybercrimes.
According to the petition, the 'Covid-19 epidemic has brought tremendous change in communication between consumers, businesses, and schools. Now people are establishing contact through zoom instead of extending a hand. Zoom is infringing on the right to privacy by misusing the personal information of millions of consumers. ' The petition also accused Zoom of storing consumers' personal data and files.
The petition said that the Zoom app is not safe and does not have end-to-end encryption and is violating the Information Technology Act, 2000, and Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Interception, Monitoring, and Decryption of Information) Rules, 2009. Zoom app “practices data hoarding and cyber hoarding” which includes mass storage of personal data of its users and stores cloud recordings, instant messages, and files, he alleged.
The CEO of ZoomVideo Communications has already apologized publicly and accepted the app to be faulty in terms of providing a secure environment digitally which is against the norms of cybersecurity, the plea said.
Indian Computer Emergency Response Team — India’s nodal cybersecurity agency — too had warned about cyber risks involved in using Zoom and many organizations across the world had already banned it, petitioner Harsh Chugh submitted.
Before this, STF alerted government departments and private institutions using video conferencing app zoom. In recent days, it has been revealed that data is being stolen and sold from this app. Not only this, but the cyber hacker can also listen to confidential things during the meeting by putting a dent in security. In such a situation, using this app, STF has appealed to take precautions.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 22 May 2020 20:07pm IST


Tags : Supreme Court, ZOOM

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