Since its launch more than 10 years ago, Gruveo has been primarily a peer-to-peer video calling service. Whenever possible, one-on-one calls were established directly. Only if there was a particularly restrictive firewall would the call get routed via one of our TURN relay servers. (It's important to note that even in that case, the call would remain encrypted end-to-end.)
Peer-to-peer connections have a drawback, however. A sufficiently tech-savvy person could delve into the browser's internals to determine the other party's IP address and, consequently, their approximate geographical location—usually the city they're in.
Although this is not a critical privacy issue in itself, this drawback concerned us enough to prompt a change: routing all one-on-one Gruveo calls through TURN servers. The transition process started earlier this year and is now fully complete.
Here is how TURN routing is a net positive for all Gruveo users:
Calls with three or more participants, as well as any recorded one-on-one calls, have been concealing the participants' IPs all along. This is because these calls are already routed through our SFU servers.
With the additional routing of one-on-one calls via TURN, we are now making your IP address safe across all of your Gruveo conversations.