India Top Court Agrees to Hear Petition Banning Zoom App
The logo for the Zoom Video Communications Inc. application is displayed on a laptop computer in New York, U.S. (Photographer: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg)

India Top Court Agrees to Hear Petition Banning Zoom App

(Bloomberg) -- India’s top court has agreed to examine whether Zoom Video Communications Inc.’s video conferencing software should be banned in India owing to privacy and data security concerns.

A three-judge panel of the Supreme Court issued notices to the federal government and Zoom Video seeking their written responses, the petitioner’s lawyer Wajeeh Shafiq said by phone.

The court’s order adds to the troubles for the California-headquartered firm. Zoom saw a dramatic rise in users as millions of people across the globe were forced to stay indoors during lockdowns. However, privacy and security concerns soon surfaced and prompted Elon Musk’s SpaceX, the New York City Department of Education and the government of Taiwan to ban its use.

In April, Zoom’s Chief Executive Officer Eric S. Yuan apologized for the lapses in a blog post.

“We recognize that we have fallen short of the community’s – and our own – privacy and security expectations,” he said.

The court will resume hearing the petition by Harsh Chugh, a Delhi-based tutor, after four weeks. Chugh is seeking a detailed study by the government into the security risks and a ban on Zoom Video until legislation on data protection is in place. The court is conducting hearings via video conferencing as India is under lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In response to the development, a spokesperson said Zoom takes user privacy, security and trust seriously. The company has made significant progress on enhancing its commitment to security and privacy since it announced a 90-day plan April 1, the spokesperson said.

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