SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore has suspended using video-conferencing tool Zoom by teachers, its education ministry stated on Friday, after “really severe events” happened in the first week of a coronavirus lockdown that has seen schools move to home-based learning.
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One of the occurrences involved profane images appearing on screens and unusual guys making lewd comments during the streaming of a geography lesson with teenage women, according to local media reports.
Zoom Video Communications Inc ZM.O has been afflicted with safety and personal privacy issues about its conferencing app which has seen a rise in usage as workplaces and schools all over the world shut to try curb coronavirus infections.
” These are very serious occurrences. MOE (Ministry of Education) is currently examining both breaches and will lodge a police report if necessitated,” stated Aaron Loh of the ministry’s educational innovation division, without detailing the incidents.
” As a preventive measure, our teachers will suspend their usage of Zoom till these security issues are settled.”
Loh said that they would even more encourage teachers on security protocols such as needing safe log-ins and not sharing the conference link beyond the students in the class.
Taiwan and Germany have actually currently put constraints on Zoom’s usage, while Alphabet Inc’s ( GOOGL.O) Google prohibited the desktop variation of Zoom from business laptop computers on Wednesday. The company also deals with a class-action suit.
Issues have actually grown over its lack of end-to-end encryption of conference sessions, routing of traffic through China and “zoombombing” when uninvited visitors crash meetings.
Officials at Berkeley High School in California stated they suspended use of the app after a “naked adult male utilizing racial slurs” intruded on what the school stated was a password-protected conference on Zoom, according to a letter to moms and dads seen by Reuters.
To attend to security issues, Zoom has started a 90- day strategy to bolster privacy and security concerns, and has actually also tapped previous Facebook security chief Alex Stamos as a consultant.
The Singapore government has actually also been using the tool to host media conferences.
Reporting by John Geddie; Editing by Michael Perry