Coronavirus (COVID-19) – ‘Zoom’ Application Boon or Bane

10 Pages Posted: 21 May 2020

Date Written: May 20, 2020

Abstract

Advances in communication technologies offer new opportunities for the conduct of qualitative research. Among these, Zoom—an innovative videoconferencing platform—has a number of unique features that enhance its potential appeal to qualitative and mixed-methods researchers.

Zoom has become nearly synonymous with office meetings and socializing as people around the world have adapted to life at home amid the coronavirus outbreak. That has put the roughly 9-year-old company in the spotlight more than ever before - for both the good and the bad, as an onslaught of security issues have come to light.

As the coronavirus pandemic forced millions of people to stay home over the past month, Zoom suddenly became the video meeting service of choice: Daily meeting participants on the platform surged from 10 million in December to 200 million in March.

Many Cybersecurity research companies research says that it found security flaws in videoconferencing platform Zoom that would have allowed a potential hacker to join a video meeting uninvited and listen in, potentially accessing any files or information shared during the meeting. While Zoom has addressed the issue, the report raises deeper concerns about the safety of videoconferencing apps that require access to microphones and cameras.

Keywords: Zoom Application, COVID-19 , Coronavirus, Cybersecurity, Cybercrime, Cyberspace, vulnerabilities, Data leak, Privacy Infringed, Hacking, Video Conferencing, Zoombombing, Zoomtopia, Android, IOS

Suggested Citation

Chawla, Ajay, Coronavirus (COVID-19) – ‘Zoom’ Application Boon or Bane (May 20, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3606716 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3606716

Ajay Chawla (Contact Author)

Delhi High Court ( email )

Delhi
India Gate
Delhi, 110003
India

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