Zoom introduces an optional end-to-end encryption tool to keep prying eyes away from private meetings. The end-to-end encryption offering, which is still a technical preview, kicks off the week of October 20th for free and paid users. However, according to Zoom, encrypted calls are missing some features like live transcription and cloud recording.
End-to-end encryption ensures that only outside parties, including Zoom, cannot eavesdrop on your video calls. Zoom̵
Zoom announced plans to offer end-to-end encryption after acquiring Keybase in May. While Zoom originally intended that end-to-end encryption should be a paid feature, public outcry convinced the platform to make end-to-end encryption available to all users.
However, encryption has some drawbacks. You must manually enable end-to-end encryption before you can join encrypted calls. Some features like cloud recording, live transcription and query are not available while end-to-end encryption is enabled.
End-to-end encryption will start in the week of October 20th as a technical preview for all Zoom users. Zoom plans to add features like cloud recording and reactions to encrypted meetings in the future.