Zoom stumps up $86m to settle privacy lawsuit

Zoom will pay $86m (€73m) and toughen its security practices to settle a class-action lawsuit in the US.

The lawsuit accused the videoconferencing company of sharing personal data of millions of users with Facebook, Google and LinkedIn. It also claimed that it allowed hackers to disrupt meetings in so-called “zoombombing” incidents and misled users with end-to-end encryption claims.

Zoom has denied any wrongdoing despite agreeing the settlement payment and bolstering its security practices.

In a statement, Zoom said: “The privacy and security of our users are top priorities for Zoom, and we take seriously the trust our users place in us. We are proud of the advancements we have made to our platform and look forward to continuing to innovate with privacy and security at the forefront.”

Subscribers in the proposed class action would be eligible for 15% refunds on their core subscriptions or $25, whichever is larger, while others could receive up to $15.

Zoom’s new security measures include alerts when meeting hosts or other participants use third-party apps during a call, as well as specialised training for its employees.

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