Privacy experts reviewed popular video-chat apps
Researchers looked at 15 video chat apps — Zoom, Google Hangouts, FaceTime, Jitsi Meet, Skype, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Signal, Microsoft Teams, BlueJeans, GoTo Meeting, Cisco WebEx, Houseparty, Discord, and Doxy.me — and evaluated them based on a host of categories.
Researchers combed through privacy policies, sifted through app specifications, and looked at critical questions like whether the apps share user data with third parties or if they alert users when meetings are being recorded.
Only Houseparty, Discord, and Doxy.me — a telemedicine app — failed to meet the Mozilla Foundation’s minimum security guidelines. Apple’s FaceTime and Signal, which both employ end-to-end encryption, received high marks.