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Google has advised its employees to stop using Zoom, the teleconferencing service, on company-issued devices, BuzzFeed News reports.
The company emailed employees that had Zoom’s desktop app installed on their computers, advising them that Zoom did not meet the company’s security protocols and would be blocked by company servers starting this week.
For many, Zoom has served as a lifeline to connect with others during the COVID-19 pandemic. Initially a conferencing tool targeted for use by B2B companies, Zoom has made its mark outside of the office, becoming a common meeting place for virtual Passover Seder dinners and fitness classes.
But its time in the spotlight has also exposed a series of security vulnerabilities, including unauthorized data transmission from the app to Facebook and the routing of encryption keys through Chinese servers. Some companies, including SpaceX, have already banned its employees from using the app on company computers. Government entities have also been concerned with security issues on Zoom.
A Google spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that employees were advised to use the desktop version or mobile version of Zoom.