Zoom To Settle Lawsuit Over Privacy, Zoombombing For $85 Mln

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Video conferencing platform provider Zoom Video Communications Inc. (ZM), has agreed to pay $85 million to settle a lawsuit that alleges it violated user's privacy.

The company has settled a class action lawsuit that accused the company of sharing personal data with Facebook (FB), Google and LinkedIn as well as instances of hacker interrupting a meeting with inappropriate content, a practice termed "Zoombombing."

The video conferencing company has agreed to several "major changes to its practices, designed to improve meeting security, bolster privacy disclosures, and safeguard consumer data," according to the settlement documents.

The changes might include "in-meeting notifications to make it easier for users to understand who can see, save, and share Zoom users' information" and "alerting users when a meeting host or another participant uses a third-party application during a meeting."

With the settlement, subscribers would receive 15% refunds on their core subscriptions, or $25, whichever amount is larger. However, the settlement still needs to be approved by by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California.

In a statement, Zoom denied doing anything wrong and said that privacy and security were "top priorities." The company had previously agreed to settle a Federal Trade Commission complaint over similar privacy issues.

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