For recovering alcoholics, in A.A. most all-in person meetings are cancelled in order to comply with health authority recommendations. There have a variety of online meetings appearing in various platforms including Zoom, GoToMeeting and Google Hangouts among others.
Please note our 11th Tradition states “Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion, we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press radio and films.”
Our telephone answering volunteers have access to information about online meetings in the Halton area, please speak to one of them if you have interest at 905-845-5900.
With thanks to the NY Intergroup, please see tips for Zoom users: With the rush to shift to online meetings, many of us did not take time to investigate what this meant to the spiritual foundation of our recovery – namely, anonymity. Now that online meetings are accessible, we want to pass on best practices for protecting anonymity. These have been curated from the membership and online resources.
The default Zoom settings run counter to AA’s spiritual foundation of anonymity. The meetings are publicly accessible and full names and faces are often displayed. Additionally, by default all Zoom meetings are recorded to the cloud. Turning that feature off is simple, fortunately.
There are other settings in the Meeting subtab that can also be adjusted, such as disallowing remote control of devices, file transfer, data sharing with Zoom, and screen sharing.
Here are some suggested settings for your meeting to use. Please note that most, if not all, of the settings below are not the Zoom default:
Go to: Settings > Recording and click off the Local and Cloud recording features.
In the Zoom Settings section, under the Meeting subtab:
- Require Encryption for Third Party Endpoints
- Disable Auto saving chats
- Disable File transfer
- Disable Feedback to Zoom
- Disable Screen sharing
- Disable desktop/screen share for users
- Disable Remote control
- Allow Virtual background (this is the Zoom default and allows the user to use a virtual background instead of the inside of their apartment, for example)
In the Zoom Settings section, under the Recording subtab:
- Disable Local recording
- Disable Cloud recording
- Disable Automatic recording
We will update this page with additional information as we learn it and encourage you to share tips and tricks with us that we can include.