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Supreme Court seeks Centre response on Zoom ban for security issues

Supreme Court has sought a response from the Centre on a plea seeking a ban on Zoom

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  23 May 2020 10:45 AM GMT

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has sought a response from the Centre on a plea seeking a ban on Zoom, the popular software application, until formulation of an appropriate legislation.

A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde and comprising Justices AS Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy issued notice to the Centre on the plea. The petitioner, Harsh Chugh, argued that the software application is not safe and does not have end-to-end encryption, and as a consequence, it is violating the Information Technology Act 2000 and Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Interception, Monitoring and Decryption of Information) Rules, 2009.

"The reliefs which are sought in the present petition are urgent in view of the penetration of offending software increasing with each day and as the concern raised in the present petition have pan-India ramifications" said the plea.

The plea submitted that the software application is a threat to individual's privacy and cited that the CEO of Zoom Video Communications has already "apologized publicly and accepted the app to be faulty in terms of providing a secure environment digitally which is against the norms of cyber security". As a result, the petitioner contends the software application is prone to hacking and cyber breaches, which have already been reported.

Therefore, the petition has also impleaded other stakeholders responsible - the Centre through the Ministry of Electronics & IT and Cyber & Information Security Division of MHA. (IANS)

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