Zoom will compensate several paid and free users for the privacy problems it had that included disrupting meetings.
In California, it concerns a class action lawsuit that Zoom is now settling for $85 million and the promise to modify some parts of the video tool. However, the company continues to deny that it did things wrong.
“The privacy and security of our users are top priorities for Zoom, and we are serious about the trust users place in us,” it said in a statement. A quote that is often given by American tech companies, ironically usually after a security or privacy incident.
The prosecutors went to court because Zoom would share personal data with Facebook, Google and LinkedIn, among others, and because things like zoom bombing were possible. In addition, unauthorized persons could invite themselves, leading to situations where meetings or online classes were disrupted with racist talk, rant tirades, porn, or exhibitionism.
Those who participated in the class-action lawsuit will be refunded fifteen percent of their subscription, or $25, whichever is greater. Free users also receive compensation up to $15. In addition, the zoom will now also issue warnings if hosts or participants use external apps in meetings, and the company will train its own employees on privacy and handling data.