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Zoom Users Stand To Receive $15 Each Following $85 Million Privacy Lawsuit
By Alexa Heah, 02 Aug 2021
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Zoom, the company offering the popular video conferencing software of the same name, has recently agreed to an US$85 million settlement after users brought a lawsuit against the firm for privacy lapses.
The lawsuit alleged that that Zoom had shared user data with third-party companies such as Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn without explicit permission. It also brought up “zoombombing” incidents, when trolls drop shocking or NSFW content into meetings without warning due to the platform’s lax security measures.
According to Digital Trends, while the settlement still needs to be approved by a US District Judge, Zoom customers who sued can expect to receive a 15% refund on a portion of their subscription fee or US$25, whichever amount is greater. Zoom subscribers outside of the suit could also receive up to US$15 in payment.
The settlement also requires Zoom to improve its security measures, with employees being trained in data privacy, as per Reuters. Zoom responded to the ruling, saying: “privacy and security of our users are top priorities for Zoom, and we take seriously the trust our users’ place in us.”
[via Digital Trends, images via Zoom]
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