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Why we value privacy and how we built xroom.app

8 August 2020
Why we value privacy and how we built xroom.app

“A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all. They’ll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves an unrecorded, unanalyzed thought. And that’s a problem because privacy matters; privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be” says Edward Snowden.

We believe privacy is a human right

The idea of encryption, online data and national security can often be turned into grand and large abstract concepts that are not new nor without controversy. We don’t mean to seem too political or polarized, but privacy is a fundamental human right recognized in the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the International Convenant on Civil and Political Rights and in many other international and regional treaties. Privacy underpins human dignity and other key values such as freedom of association and freedom of speech.

In the words of Snowden again, “Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say. When you say, 'I have nothing to hide,' you're saying, 'I don't care about this right.”

Why and how we built xroom.app

We built xroom.app because we wanted a light-weight, simple and easy-to-use conferencing platform that was secure. Many of us on the team have been working together remotely for years and often have collaborated via multiple solutions. Each of these solutions come with their own requirements, logins and installs that often frustrated us and caused meetings to begin later than expected. We also understand from previous research that many individuals want privacy, but would rather not have to deal with “complicated processes”.

We started with these core principles in mind and built xroom.app’s core using javascript technologies along with an open-source WebRTC protocol that already provides encryption for peer-to-peer operation. Interested in learning more? Check out our Github!

Future plans even aim to incorporate other End-To-End encryption such as RSA and Blowfish to improve our security standards. Everything we create will be done so with our users, their privacy and integrity in mind while ensuring our tools are simple-to-use. We keep no personal logs, nor store specific details about your private communications and will always gladly accept suggestions and criticisms on how we can improve our services.

Haza NewmanAuthor: Haza Newman