Most of us are familiar with Zoom, the popular video conferencing platform. It is now to pay $85 million to its users as part of a full class-action lawsuit settlement.
The proposal was reportedly filed on Saturday at the official US District Court for the Northern District of California.
The whole class-action settlement is not for one but all of the different categories of users, regardless of whether they actually have a paid or a free Zoom account. Despite the large sum value of the settlement, it would result in a meagre amount for each user.
Last year, it was also reportedly revealed that Zoom did not offer any form of end-to-end encryption despite the company claiming that it did.
It was found that only connections with the Zoom servers were encrypted whereas the calls were not, leaving them vulnerable to prying. Some of Zoom’s servers are located in China, and these servers maintained the cryptographic keys that would allow Zoom to access the content of users’ Zoom meetings.
If used in the truest sense, end-to-end would mean only the users on call and no one else would have the keys to the contents of the calls. It is what WhatsApp prides itself on and also how Apple FaceTime works.
The company does vow to be better. “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,” says the company in a statement shared with the media.
Zoom has since updated the privacy statement in which they say that any user data is shared with third parties only after users’ consent.
“Zoom uses third-party marketing and advertising providers to provide statistics and analysis about how people are using our website and to provide advertising and marketing, including targeted advertising based on your use of our website. These third-party partners may receive information about your activities on Zoom’s website through third-party cookies placed on Zoom’s website,” says the new privacy statement.
But there might be exceptions.
“We may share personal data with actual or prospective acquirers, their representatives and other relevant participants in, or during negotiations of, any sale, merger, acquisition, restructuring, or change in control involving all or a portion of Zoom’s business or assets, including in connection with bankruptcy or similar proceedings,” says the policy.