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After growing 20x and facing privacy missteps, Zoom freezes feature updates for 3 months

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After a series of security missteps, Zoom CEO Eric S. Yuan announced a six month feature update freeze, saying the company would make privacy and security its priority. This comes as Zoom claimed its user base ballooned from 10 million to 200 million in a matter of months due to lockdowns around the world, following the COVID-19 pandemic.What Zoom claims to do during the 90-day feature freeze period: Yuan said that the company would hire external security researchers to audit the service. The company will also remove the controversial attention tracking feature, where a call's host can see if other participants have Zoom selected as the main window. The company will prepare a a transparency report, detailing information related to requests for data, records, or content. Yuan added that he would personally host a weekly webinar updating users on privacy-related steps being taken by the company.Zoom's previous privacy issues: Here are the privacy troubles Zoom has faced in recent days: On April 1, researchers discovered a vulnerability where Windows users could have their operating system's login password stolen with a malicious link sent on chat. CEO Yuan said that this issue has been patched. On April 2, the New York Times reported a feature where even anonymous participants in a call could siphon off LinkedIn data about other participants without their knowledge. Zoom later removed this feature. On March 31, The Intercept reported how Zoom was misleadingly claiming that calls were end-to-end encrypted, when they were not. The company later changed the…

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