JioMeet users and data Reliance Jio will collect from you for accessing its “free” video call service
JioMeet offers unlimited number of free calls in high definition (720p) to users and supports as many as 100 participants at once
Jio says that free call can be uninterrupted for ‘up to 24 hours’ long.
On Thursday evening, the firm — backed by Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest man — formally launched JioMeet, its video-conference service that looks uncannily like Zoom.
Like Zoom and Google Meet, JioMeet offers unlimited number of free calls in high definition (720p) to users and supports as many as 100 participants on a call. But interestingly, it appears to not impose a short time limit on a call’s duration. Jio Platforms says a free call can be uninterrupted for “up to 24 hours” long. The service currently has no paid plans and it’s unclear if Jio Platforms, which has a reputation of giving away services for free for years, plans to change that.
JioMeet will also have access to the location of your device, SD card contents, phone statistics and identity, file systems, contacts, conferencing logs and history.
Jio notes that it is open to sharing your personal data with third-parties (to provide display advertising and promotional services) as well as external organizations or individuals in three cases, “(a)meet any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request; (b)detect, prevent or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues; (c)protect against harm to the rights, property or safety of our customers or the public, as required or permitted by law.”
All the data that Jio will collect on you will be retained “only for a limited duration” though retention period will be longer in case it is required or permitted by law. “Once the purpose is achieved, all personal information is deleted in a safe and secure mode,” Jio notes.
Jio Platforms, which began beta testing JioMeet in May this year, said the video conferencing service offers “enterprise-grade” host controls. These include: password protection on each call, multi-device login support (up to five devices), and ability to share screen and collaborate.
Other features include the ability to switch “seemingly” from one device to another, and a ‘Safe Driving Mode’ for when a participant is in commute. Hosts can also enable a ‘waiting room’ to ensure participants have to ask for permission to enter a call.
The company did not provide any more details, including whether people outside of India could use the service. On its website, JioMeet claims all the meetings are “encrypted” but does not elaborate whether these calls are end-to-end encrypted.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in April had warned the Zoom app users that the video-conferencing application is not safe for usage.
Indian govt, in April-end, announced an innovation challenge for the development of a video conferencing app. Govt wanted developers in India to come up with an alternative to the video conferencing app, Zoom. The winner gets ₹1 crore as a prize.
On its official website, JioMeet claims all the meetings are “encrypted” but doesn’t provide details if this is end-to-end encryption. JioMeet will have to ready itself to take on other popular video conferencing platforms such as Zoom and Google Meet.