This is done to solicit feedback on the feature before it is eventually released for good. According to Zoom CEO Eric S. Yuan, “End-to-end encryption is another stride toward making Zoom the most secure communications platform in the world. This phase of our E2EE offering provides the same security as existing end-to-end-encrypted messaging platforms, but with the video quality and scale that has made Zoom the communications solution of choice for hundreds of millions of people and the world’s largest enterprises.”
Zoom notes that they already offer encryption in the form of AES 256-bit GCM, but the problem is that with this form of encryption, the encryption keys are generated by Zoom themselves. While it still protects users from outside attacks, it leaves open the possibility that someone at Zoom could still see your data.
With end-to-end encryption, the keys are generated by the users themselves, meaning that even if Zoom wanted to see the data in your video or audio meetings, they won’t be able to. This feature will be available for both free and paid users and might be worth checking out if you’re interested in improving the privacy and security of your Zoom meetings.