The US Senate and the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs have become the latest organizations to advise staff against using the Zoom video conferencing app.
According to a report from the Financial Times, the US Senate sergeant at arms sent an advisory last week warning Senate members and their respective staff against using the app because of growing security concerns [see a full list here].
The advisory did not ban the use of Zoom but instead told Senate members to look into alternatives like Skype for Business and others, according to CNN reporter Brian Fung.
However, while the US Senate sergeant at arms did not ban the use of Zoom, German officials had no problem in enforcing a such a decision.
According to German newspaper Handelsblatt, the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs told employees in a circular this week to stop using the app -- similarly, on the grounds of security and data privacy concerns.
All organizations banned Zoom after multiple security flaws and privacy slip-ups came to light about the app in recent weeks.
The app grew from 10 million users in December to more than 200 million in March, primarily due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Before its sudden rise to fame, Zoom employees had been focused on improving the app's features and did not heavily invest in its security.