After privacy issues prompted the New York City Department of Education to transition away from Zoom as a telelearning option, the department has reversed that decision, noting that the teleconferencing company has created a safer platform for the city’s students.

“We’ve worked with Zoom to create a tailored platform that provides the safety and functionality schools need to engage in remote learning,” Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza said in a statement shortly before the company revealed it has acquired secure messaging and file-sharing service Keybase to achieve its goal of end-to-end encryption. “I’m happy that Zoom has addressed vulnerabilities over the last few weeks and effective immediately, our community can safely use the Department of Education licensed Zoom account for remote learning.”  

Zoom founder and CEO Eric Yuan said in a statement sent to SC Media that the company was "proud the New York City Department of Education has made Zoom available as an approved home-based learning platform to educators and staff across the city for secure and frictionless remote education to the city’s over 1.1 million students.”

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