Ban on Official Use of Zoom
The Executive Yuan in April made Taiwan one of the first countries to prohibit use of popular videoconferencing software Zoom for official government communication. In many government agencies, officials are increasingly working from home owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they will no longer be allowed to use the Zoom video conferencing app. In a statement, the Executive Yuan said the decision was due to security reasons, without specifying the precise nature of the concerns.
According to media reports, however, a recent analysis by researchers at the University of Toronto found that the keys used to encrypt and decrypt Zoom meetings may be sent to servers in China. The researchers also noted that Zoom employs about 700 software developers in China, which “may make Zoom responsive to pressure from Chinese authorities.”
The Ministry of Education also said it was banning the use of Zoom in schools.
Hon Hai, Medtronic in Ventilator Deal
U.S. medical device manufacturer Medtronic and Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known internationally as Foxconn, have entered into an agreement to make ventilators to help patients afflicted by the COVID-19 virus. Personnel from the two firms have begun work on the design stage, and Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak told CNBC that Foxconn’s new Wisconsin plant would be used to make the ventilators.