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SC asks for centre’s response on PIL to ban Zoom video calling app

The petition was filed by Harsh Chugh mentioning that the video calling application poses a threat to the privacy of the people using it as well as breaches cybersecurity.

May 22, 2020 16:44 IST
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The Supreme Court on May 22 has asked for the central government’s response on Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that seeks a ban on the use of zoom video calling app in India. It has been claimed that the mentioned video-conferencing application breaches the privacy of the user.

A three-judge bench of Chief Justice of India Justice AS Bopanna, SA Bopde, and Justice Hrishikesh Roy has issued a legal notice to the central government regarding its response on the matter.

The petition was filed by Harsh Chugh mentioning that the software application poses a threat to the privacy of the people using it as well as breaches cybersecurity.

PIL seeking a ban on the Zoom video calling app:

The legal notice to the government was sent by the apex court as a response to the petition filed by Harsh Chugh that seeks a ban on the usage of video conferencing application Zoom by the citizens of India until there is a formulation of appropriate legislation, claiming the app breaches privacy.

The plea mentioned that zoom violates the privacy of its millions of users by exploiting and misusing their personal information. It also falsely and misleadingly advertise fictitious security benefits of the programme.

The plea states that the Zoom app is not safe for the use as it does not have end-to-end encryption and has been violating the Information Technology Act, 2000 as well as Information Technology Rules, 2009.

In his plea, Harsh Chugh also mentioned that being a remote worker and homemaker, he has been concerned about the cases of hacking and cyber breaches that are being reported.

The plea mentions the requirement of the legislation that needs to be put in place in order to effectuate a standard regulation that will safeguard the rights of citizens as brought in light by various leaders across the world.

The plea explains how Zoom consistently violates its duty to implement and maintain reasonable security practices. It also misleads the consumers about the security benefits of the product. The company has targeted businesses, schools, and consumers.

 CEO of Zoom video communications apologizes:

The petition filed by Harsh Chugh also informed that the CEO of Zoom Video Communications has apologized publicly and has already accepted the app to be at fault in terms of providing a secure environment digitally that is against the norms of cybersecurity.

About Zoom Video Communications:

It is an American Communications technology Company. It is headquartered in San Jose, California. Eric Yuan founded Zoom in 2011 and its software was launched in 2013.

The app is used for telecommuting, teleconferencing, social relations, and distance education. Zoom provides online chat services and video telephony through a cloud-based peer to peer software platform.

Zoom’s software saw increased use in the 2020s following the quarantine measures adopted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But it has been facing criticism from the public and media because of security and privacy issues.

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