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Zoom to be banned? SC asks Centre to respond on plea

The Supreme Court Friday sought a response from the Centre on a plea which has sought a ban on the utilization of video communications app ‘Zoom’ for official also as personal purposes until an appropriate legislation is put in situ .

A bench headed by judge S A Bobde issued notice to the Centre on the plea which has raised privacy concern and claimed that continued use of Zoom app is “making the users vulnerable and susceptible to cyber threats”.

The matter came up for hearing through video-conferencing before the bench, also comprising Justices A S Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy, which asked the Centre to file its reply within four weeks on the plea which has arrayed US-based Zoom Video Communications together of the respondents within the case.

The plea, filed by Delhi resident Harsh Chugh, has also sought a direction to the Centre to hold out an exhaustive technical study into the safety and privacy risks of using Zoom application.

The plea, filed through advocate Wajeeh Shafiq, has alleged that continued usage of this app might put the national security at stake and may additionally provides a boom to number of cyber-threats and cyber crimes in India.

“The global COVID-19 pandemic has drastically reshaped the way during which consumers, businesses and schools communicate.

Rather than lending a hand to people in need, Zoom violates the privacy of its many users by misusing and exploiting their personal information and falsely, deceptively and misleadingly advertising fictitious security benefits of the program,” the plea has said.

It has alleged that Zoom app “practices data hoarding and cyber hoarding” which incorporates mass storage of private data of its users and stores cloud recordings, instant messages and files.

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