Jitsi Meet

Jitsi Meet

Review date: 09/08/2021

Jitsi Meet is a free, open-source, video call app that doesn't require you to create an account to use it. The privacy conscious folks at the Tor Project recently recommended Jitsi Meet as a good alternative to Zoom. Jitsi Meet works on desktop, Android and iOS devices, has pretty high-quality video and audio, allows for password protected video calls, and has no limit on participants (although your internet bandwidth might set limits for you). And for those more techie folks out there, because Jitsi Meet is open-source, people with the interest and ability can install and run their own version of Jitsi Meet on their own servers. (Note: The review below is for the public version of Jitsi Meet. People who install and run their own versions of Jitsi Meet might not meet all these criteria.).

What could happen if something goes wrong

Jitsi Meet and the open-source community behind it appear to value and prioritize privacy and security as part of their mission in making this product. It’s a little hard for us to tell exactly how they are doing in 2021 though because we found the email address they recommend in their privacy policy for questions of their data protection officer no longer works. That’s not good. Jitsi.Meet uses encryption, but it is not quite there yet in terms of full end-to-end encryption by default. Right now, you can only turn on end-to-end encryption if you are using Jitsi Meet on certain browsers (but not on Firefox, boo!). 8x8, the parent company of Jitsi Meet, does collect and share (but not sell) data to third-parties. This is common for many products out there, so it’s not unusual,

Privacy

Can it snoop on me?

Camera

Device: N/A

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: N/A

App: Yes

Tracks Location

Device: N/A

App: No

What is required to sign up?

Jitsi Meet does not require users create accounts.

What data does it collect?

How can you control your data?

If you are a resident of Europe, you can exercise a data for data deletion without further questions ('the right to be forgotten'). If you are not lucky enough to be a European, things are a bit more difficult. The company's privacy policy states that 'if we have no ongoing legitimate business need to process your personal information, we will either delete or anonymize it or, if this is not possible (for example, because your personal information has been stored in backup archives), then we will securely store your personal information and isolate it from any further processing until deletion is possible'. However, as stated above, Jitsi Meet does not require a sign up or any personal data.

What is the company’s known track record for protecting users’ data?

Average

We could find no history of data breaches or leaks

Can this product be used offline?

Not applicable

User friendly privacy information?

Yes

We can see a transparent and detailed communication of all privacy & security aspects of Jitsi. The target audience are rather privacy-oriented folks, but still there is some effort to make the information simpler - which is a challenging task in the security space. We especially appreciate the existence of both detailed technical security architecture whitepaper and the educational paper with an explanation what it means, for people without a degree in InfoSec.

Links to privacy information

Security

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Jitsi Meet uses encryption, but it is not quite there yet in terms of full end-to-end encryption by default. Right now, you can only turn on end-to-end encryption if you are using Jitsi Meet on certain browsers (unfortunately, Jitsi Meet does not support end-to-end encryption on Firefox).

Strong password

Yes

Both meetings and accounts can be password-protected

Security updates

Yes

Jitsi also provides blog posts detailing what is new in terms of security.

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Jitsi operates a security response center.

Privacy policy

Yes

Artificial Intelligence

Does the product use AI?

Yes

Does the AI use your personal data to make decisions about you?

No

Does the company allow users to see how the AI works?

Yes

Jitsi use machine learning to improve WebRTC Call Quality

Updates

Tor Project Supports Jitsi Meet
Tor Project
If you want an alternative to Zoom: try Jitsi Meet. It's encrypted, open source, and you don't need an account.
The best alternatives to Zoom for videoconferencing
The Verge
If recent news has made you Zoom-hesitant, there are other apps available
A look at how Jitsi became a ‘secure’ open-source alternative to Zoom
The Next Web
Amid this video conferencing boom, Zoom’s security and privacy-related problems made a lot of people skeptical about using its products. Plus, the company wasn’t transparent aboutcommunicating its mishaps — this forced a lot of people to look for free open source products, and Jitsi emerged as a perfect solution for them.
The Best Video-Conferencing Service
Wirecutter
Before the coronavirus pandemic, video conferencing was a niche tool for road warriors and a relatively small population of full-time remote workers. Today, it’s a fact of everyday life for millions of people.

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