Zoom introduces an optional end-encryption tool to keep curious eyes away from private meetings. The entire encryption offer, which is still a technical preview, starts the week of October 20 for free and paid users. Still, Zoom says that encrypted calls lack any features, such as live transcription and cloud recording.
End-to-end encryption ensures that only external parties, including Zoom, can not set up your video calls. Zoom̵7;s servers continue to carry all data for your meetings, but data is encrypted and cannot be decrypted without a unique host-generated encryption key.
Zoom announced its plans to offer end-to-end encryption following the acquisition of Keybase in May. And while Zoom originally envisioned end-to-end encryption as a paid feature, Public Scream convinced the platform to make end-to-end encryption accessible to all users.
Still, encryption comes with some drawbacks. You must enable end-to-end encryption manually before joining encrypted calls, and some features such as cloud recording, live transcription and polling are not available while end-to-end encryption is enabled.
End-to-end encryption starts as a technical preview for all Zoom users the week of October 20th. Zoom plans to include features such as cloud recording and responses to encrypted meetings in the future.