Zoom gives all its users access to end-to-end encryption

Following months of privacy backlash, Zoom announced it would offer end-to-end encryption to the company’s free users. According to CNN, as Zoom rolls out the feature, free users will be asked for additional information to verify their accounts, such as a phone number (users can currently sign up with just an e-mail address). In a blogpost,  Zoom CEO Eric Yuan wrote that the company will provide end-to-end encryption as an advanced add-on feature for all users around the globe – free and paid – while maintaining the ability to prevent and fight abuse on their platform. According to the Guardian, Zoom had previously falsely advertised itself as using end-to-end encryption and, once caught, confirmed that end-to-end encryption was initially not possible on the platform.