The meetings were recorded via Zoom software and saved in different apps without a password, allowing anyone to download and watch them.
The Washington Post found videos of therapy sessions, classes in elementary schools, small business meetings, and nudity tapes.
Zoom told the newspaper that it “provides a safe and secure way for hosts to store recordings” and provides guides on how users can improve the security of their calls.
“If hosts later choose to upload their meeting recordings elsewhere, we urge them to exercise extreme caution and be transparent with meeting attendees, carefully considering whether the meeting contains sensitive information and expectations participants, “Zoom told the Post.
People and businesses around the world flocked to Zoom during the coronavirus pandemic to host events ranging from college classes to happy hours. CEO Eric Yuan announced Thursday that the company had 200 million daily users in March, up from a maximum of 10 million daily users in December.
The company’s share price has already risen.
But Zoom has faced a wave of security and privacy concerns vulnerabilities have been highlighted by the peak of users.
A new phenomenon of “Zoom bombing,” in which hackers or others disrupt meetings to shout obscene comments, was so widespread that the FBI issued warning and advice on how to strengthen cybersecurity protocols.
The company was also hit by a class action for allegedly sharing user data with Facebook and other groups without users’ consent.
Despite the changes, Zoom continues to be under the microscope.
representative Jerry McNerneyGerlad (Jerry) Mark McNerney Thousands of Zoom Meeting Recordings Exposed Online: Report Top US Providers Committed to Help Maintain Internet Access During Coronavirus Epidemic California Costa Representative Endorses Biden PLUS (D-Calif.) And nearly two dozen other Democrats on the House Energy and Trade Committee sent a letter to Yuan on Friday to inquire about how the company protects the privacy and security of its users.
“As consumers turn to Zoom for business meetings, remote consultations with psychologists or even virtual happy hours with friends, they cannot expect Zoom to be collect and use much of their information, ”wrote lawmakers.
The letter came on the heels of a letter sent to Yuan by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). Blumenthal stressed that Americans “shouldn’t have to add privacy and cybersecurity fears to their ever-growing list of concerns.”
States are also taking a closer look at Zoom.
Politico reported Attorneys General of Florida, New York and Connecticut are reviewing Zoom’s privacy practices on Friday.
In Michigan, federal prosecutors have said they would consider prosecuting Zoom bombers on charges such as computer hacking, hate crimes, fraud and the transmission of threatening communications.
“Do you think the Zoom bombing is funny?” Let’s see how funny it is after your arrest, “said Matthew Schneider, US attorney for eastern Michigan, in a statement. “If you interfere with a conference call or public meeting in Michigan, you may have federal, state or local authorities knocking on your door. “