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Access Now calls for Zoom to release a transparency report; incl. company comments

Author: Jay Peters, The Verge, Published on: 20 March 2020

"Advocacy group calls for Zoom to release a transparency report," 19 Mar 2020

Publishing transparency reports is a common practice for larger tech companies. Google and Microsoft, for example, share the number of requests they get from law enforcement and from governments for user data and if they disclosed customer data as part of those requests. Zoom, however, hasn’t published a transparency report, likely because it is a smaller company and holds less personal data.

Zoom has seen significant growth as workers, families, and even presidential campaigns have used the video conferencing software for virtual meetings due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Access Now argues that Zoom needs to publish a transparency report so that the public can be informed about how the company handles and protects user data... Zoom said it was considering the request, but declined to give further details. “We received the Access Now letter on Wednesday afternoon, and we are in the process of reviewing it,” the company said in a statement. “We take user privacy extremely seriously, and appreciate them reaching out on this very important topic.”

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Related companies: Alphabet Google (part of Alphabet) Microsoft Zoom