Taiwan has officially issued a ban on the use of the Zoom application for government agencies and organizations. The policy was issued because Zoom is considered unsafe. The policy was issued by the local government following a number of data calls that were sent to servers in China without the user’s knowledge.
This is of more concern to the Taiwanese government, given the relationship between Taiwan and China that are not harmonious. As is known, until now, the Chinese government still claims that Taiwan is part of China.
While Taiwan itself considers that they are a separate and democratic government. This makes the use of the Zoom application considered dangerous because of the risk of leakage of important state data.
Along with the ban on Zoom in Taiwan, the local government also suggested that local institutions and organizations switch to using safer services, such as Google and Microsoft. “At present, service providers provide free access during a pandemic, such as Google or Microsoft.
This can be considered for use,” said a spokesman for the Taiwan government. The Taiwan government is not the first party to prohibit the use of the Zoom application in its environment. Previously, the company founded by Elon Musk, Space X, also adopted the same policy.
The tech giant Google also makes similar rules. The company forbids its employees from installing the Zoom application on office computers. Likewise with the government of New York, USA, where the local Department of Education urges teachers not to use Zoom when teleconferencing with their students.
They are encouraged to turn to Microsoft Team to support teaching and learning activities at home during physical distancing. Microsoft Team is considered more secure and in line with the rules that protect the rights and privacy of students in the US.
Previously, Zoom’s CEO, Eric Yua also conveyed his apologies to all Zoom users regarding the lack of security in the application. Summarized from Bloomberg, Thursday (04/09/2020), he said that a number of data calls initiated by a user is sent to a server in China accidental.