Zoom succumbs to Chinese authorities

After March 2020 reports about Zoom privacy issues, now Zoom acknowledges working with the Chinese government:

Zoom acknowledged it shut down the accounts of several activists and online commemorations of the Tiananmen Square…

Posted by NPR on Friday, June 12, 2020

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Is Zoom Safe for Chinese Students?

Elizabeth Redden June 12, 2020

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/06/12/scholars-raise-concerns-about-using-zoom-teach-about-china

Unlike many other major tech platforms based in the U.S., Zoom, which is headquartered in California, has not been blocked by the Chinese government. Zoom said in a blog post that it is “developing technology over the next several days that will enable us to remove or block at the participant level based on geography” which will allow the company to “to comply with requests from local authorities when they determine activity on our platform is illegal within their borders; however, we will also be able to protect these conversations for participants outside of those borders where the activity is allowed.”

Zoom’s interference with the Tiananmen gatherings and its suspension of user accounts raised alarm among many in higher education, which increasingly depends on Zoom to operate courses remotely — including for students located within China’s borders.

Multiple scholars took to Twitter to express their worries

PEN America, a group that advocates for free expression, condemned Zoom for shuttering the activist’s account.

This is not the first time Zoom’s links to China have come under scrutiny. In April, the company admitted that some of its user data were “mistakenly” routed through China; in response, the company announced that users of paid Zoom accounts could opt out of having their data routed through data centers in China.

An April 3 report by scholars at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy said Zoom’s research and development operations in China could make the company susceptible “to pressure from Chinese authorities.”

Zoom, whose Chinese-born CEO is a U.S. citizen, said in its latest annual report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it had more than 700 employees at its research and development centers in China as of Jan. 31. The SEC filing notes that Zoom has a “high concentration of research and development personnel in China, which could expose us to market scrutiny regarding the integrity of our solution or data security features.”

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Zoom Just Totally Caved In to China on Censorship from r/technology


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more about Zoom in this IMS blog
https://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims?s=zoom

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