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posted by martyb on Sunday August 01, @11:51PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the let-the-collection-of-data-on-meeting-attendees-commence^W-continue dept.

Zoom settles US class action privacy lawsuit for $86m:

The lawsuit alleged that Zoom had invaded the privacy of millions of users by sharing personal data with Facebook, Google and LinkedIn.

It also accused Zoom of misstating that it offers end-to-end encryption and for failing to prevent hackers from "zoombombing" sessions.

The firm denied any wrongdoing, but has agreed to boost its security practices.

The preliminary settlement, which also includes a provision that Zoom will give its staff specialised training in data handling and privacy, is still subject to approval by US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California.

[...] The class-action lawsuit, filed in March 2020 in the US District Court in the Northern District of California, is just one of several legal complaints facing the US-based video-conferencing platform.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Zoom Meetings paid subscribers nationwide, as well as free users.

According to the plaintiff's lawyers, US Zoom subscribers generated $1.3bn in revenues for the video-conferencing firm.

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

The plaintiffs' lawyers also intend to seek $21.3m in legal fees from Zoom.

Also at BBC.


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  • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 02, @12:20AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 02, @12:20AM (#1162090)

    ... the new tax on meat being proposed by Democrats.

  • (Score: 2, Touché) by Rosco P. Coltrane on Monday August 02, @03:50AM (2 children)

    by Rosco P. Coltrane (4757) on Monday August 02, @03:50AM (#1162132)

    $16

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 02, @10:44AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 02, @10:44AM (#1162186)

      $16 times the number of companies fucking your privacy over = enough to live on... the dream of Universal Basic Income has finally come true!

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 03, @02:24PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 03, @02:24PM (#1162681)
      I doubt anyone of us cared if others could see Grandma's 90th birthday zoom meeting video. As long as they couldn't interfere with it.

      Heck the Chinese Gov is encouraged to watch the rest of our birthday celebrations too. The more time and resources they spend monitoring our birthday zoom meetings the less they have to monitor other stuff...
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 02, @03:05PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 02, @03:05PM (#1162252)

    "We've given them 25 USD, what more could they want?"

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 02, @03:08PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 02, @03:08PM (#1162253)

      "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche"

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