Review date: Sept. 8, 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?
Can it snoop on me?
What can be used to sign up?
Jitsi Meet does not require users create accounts.
What data does the company collect?
Username, IP address
No. Chats and speaker's stats are destroyed directly at the end of the meeting.
How does the company use this data?
How can you control your data?
What is the company’s known track record of protecting users’ data?
We could find no history of data breaches or leaks
Can this product be used offline?
User-friendly privacy information?
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
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
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).
Both meetings and accounts can be password-protected
Jitsi also provides blog posts detailing what is new in terms of security.
Jitsi operates a security response center.
Tor Project Supports Jitsi MeetTor Project
The best alternatives to Zoom for videoconferencingThe Verge
A look at how Jitsi became a ‘secure’ open-source alternative to ZoomThe Next Web
The Best Video-Conferencing ServiceWirecutter
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