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SC issues notice to Centre on plea seeking Zoom ban

The petition contended that Zoom “practices data hoarding and cyber hoarding which includes mass storage of personal data ”.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 23, 2020 1:05:39 am
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The Supreme Court Friday issued a notice to the Centre and Chinese video-conferencing app Zoom on a petition that sought a ban on the popular software — due to over alleged security flaws and privacy concerns — “until an appropriate legislation is put in place”.

A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy issued the notice on the plea by Harsh Chugh, a Delhi resident, who claimed the app violated provisions of the Information Technology Act.

The bench slated the matter for hearing after four weeks.

The petition contended that Zoom “practices data hoarding and cyber hoarding which includes mass storage of personal data ”.

It said that the government, too, has recognised the risk to the privacy of users but has “not taken any steps to protect the general public ”.

Citing news reports, it claimed the app did not use end-to-end encryption and was selling user info to Facebook without their consent.

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