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Karnataka Health Department Raises Security Concerns Regarding Zoom App

File photo of Zoom logo.

File photo of Zoom logo.

The development comes in the light of recent central government caution on using the Zoom app which is purported to be unsafe.

The Karnataka Health and Family Welfare Department has abandoned using Zoom app for its daily video press conference amid the COVID-19 lockdown since Monday, and has transitioned to Cisco Webex, an official said on Tuesday.

"Dear all, we will not use the Zoom app for media briefing from Monday. We will be using Cisco Webex meeting," messaged a health official who shares COVID data with journalists every day. The development comes in the light of recent central government caution on using the Zoom app which is purported to be unsafe.

Incidentally, global software major Infosys also deployed Webex to conduct its virtual Q4 financial results press conference on Monday. Meanwhile, Google Meet, part of G-Suite is witnessing more than 2 million new users every day amid COVID lockdown, following millions working remotely from home.

G-Suite, a host of Google productivity apps comprising Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Calendar, Meet and others enable teams to connect and collaborate remotely. "Google Meet is built on Google Cloud's secure-by-design infrastructure to help protect user data and safeguard privacy," said Mark Johnston, Google Cloud, Asia Pacific, Head of Security, Networking and Collaboration Specialists.


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