Authorities Suspend Use of Zoom App for Classes in Singapore

The suspension is related to the app's privacy issues.

( Teachers in Singapore have halted the use of the Zoom app for remote teaching during the coronavirus lockdown, following an incident involving intruders who made lewd comments during an online class. According to Singapore’s Straits Times, two men joined the livestream of an online geography lesson, showing images of penises and making lewd remarks.

While Singapore’s Ministry of Education is investigating the incident, teachers have suspended the use of the app, says Aaron Loh of the ministry’s educational technology division. Loh said that they would further advise teachers on other security protocols, including requiring secure log-ins and not sharing the meeting link beyond the class.

Zoom has become a go-to app for online meetings among schools, families, and the like in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. But recent developments have shown it has much to improve on as far as security goes. Taiwan and Germany have already put restrictions on the use of the app, while Alphabet Inc.’s Google has banned its desktop version from employee laptops. The company also faces a class-action lawsuit for “overstating” its security measures.

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