The video conferencing platform Zoom has agreed to pay $ 86 million to resolve a collective lawsuit for endangering the privacy of users in the United States.
The lawsuit alleges that Zoom invaded the privacy of millions of users by sharing their personal information with Facebook, Google and LinkedIn. The company was also sued for misleading users by claiming to offer end-to-end encryption, but also for failing to prevent frequent hacking into sessions (“zoombombing”).
The company denied the violations, but agreed to increase the security of the platform.
The previous settlement, which includes a provision requiring Zoom to provide specialized training on data handling and privacy to its employees, is still in the process of being approved by the San Jose District Court in California.
“The privacy and security of our users are top priorities for Zoom and we take seriously the trust that users place in us,” a Zoom spokesman said. “We are proud of the progress we have made on our platform and look forward to continuing to innovate at the forefront of privacy and security.”
The lawsuit, filed in March 2020 in the District Court in the Northern District of California, is just one of several that the video conferencing platform is facing. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Zoom Meetings subscribers across the country, as well as users who use the platform for free.
According to the prosecutor’s lawyer, the American subscribers of Zoom brought the company a profit of 1.3 billion dollars.
If the proposed settlement were approved, subscribers involved in a class action lawsuit would be entitled to a refund of 15% of the subscription or $ 25, whichever is greater, while others could receive up to $ 15.
Zoom has long been criticized for its approach to platform security.
One of the key reasons why some companies have decided to stop using the platform is the phenomenon of incidents called “Zoom bombing”, which were more than frequent last year. In addition, Zoom has been called out for a number of security vulnerabilities, including vulnerabilities that allowed attackers to kick visitors out of meetings, send fake messages on behalf of users, and hijack shared screens.
The company is also accused of misrepresenting its encryption protocol as end-to-end encryption.
However, it should be said that Zoom started to start in the middle of last year solves security problems and privacy, including introduction of end-to-end encryption and more than 100 privacy and security features.
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