PVC

An Independent Security and Privacy Analysis of Popular Videoconferencing Tools

About Us

We are fourth year students at Ontario Tech University and have investigated these tools over a three-month span for our capstone project for DataRisk. Our team is comprised of Matthew Grant, Jamie Kennedy, Stephanie Markovski, Jayden Tan, and Jiechen Zhu. Throughout this project, we operated under the supervision of Claudiu Popa, a certified cybersecurity professional from DataRisk Canada.

The investigation involved narrowing our focus to the features/topics which are important to user privacy and security to the list present in the column headers seen in our table. As well as documenting whether the feature or topic is present and proven. This consisted of researching the tools in depth, substantiating claims where they were made, and where possible, trying it out for ourselves. Our investigation concluded on the 12th of April, 2021.

Our Findings

Tool
Final Score
Entry Buffer
Peer-to-Peer
GDPR Compliance
End-to-End Encryption
Privacy Officer Response Time
Recording Deletion
Recording Storage
Reports of Surveillance
Transparency Reports
Privacy Affecting Host Privileges
Open Source

3.96/5
Yes
null
Yes
null
Yes
null
Yes
null
No
null
No
null
No
null
No
null
No
null
No
null

3.68/5
Yes
null
No
null
Yes
null
Yes
null
Yes
null
Yes
Locally
No
null
Yes
null
Yes
null
No
null

3.23/5
Yes
null
No
null
Yes
null
No
null
Yes
null
Yes
Locally or Kaltura MediaSpace
No
null
No
null
Yes
null
Yes
null

3.23/5
Yes
null
No
null
Yes
null
No
null
Yes
null
Yes
Locally
No
null
No
null
Yes
null
No
null

2.53/5
Yes
null
Yes
null
Yes
null
No
null
No
null
OneDrive or SharePoint
No
null
Yes
null
Yes
null
No
null

2.3/5
Yes
null
No
null
Yes
null
No
null
No
null
No
null
Yes
null
Yes
null
No
null
No
null

2.21/5
Yes
null
No
null
Yes
null
Yes
null
No
null
Yes
null
Yes
Locally
No
null
No
null
No
null
No
null

1.78/5
Yes
null
No
null
Yes
null
No
null
No
null
No
null
No
null
No
null
Yes
null
No
null

1.74/5
No
null
Yes
null
No
null
Yes
null
No
null
Yes
Dropbox
No
null
No
null
No
null
Yes
null

1.48/5
Yes
null
No
null
Yes
null
No
null
Yes
null
Yes
Locally
Yes
null
Yes
null
Yes
null
No
null

1.33/5
No
null
No
null
No
null
Yes
null
Yes
null
Yes
Skype Chat
Yes
null
Yes
null
No
null
No
null