Zoom Video Communications has agreed to pay $85 million and bolster its security practices in a class action lawsuit filed Saturday afternoon.
The lawsuit alleges that Zoom invaded the privacy of millions of users by sharing personal data with Facebook, Google and LinkedIn, as well as failing to prevent hackers from disrupting Zoom meetings, also known as “zoombombing.”
Zoom has denied any wrongdoing.
A Zoom spokesman said: “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.”
Should the settlement be approved, Zoom subscribers included in the class action would be eligible for 15% refunds on their subscriptions or $25, whichever is larger, while others could received up to $15.
The preliminary settlement also includes a provision that the firm will provide its staff with specialised training in data handling and privacy.
The settlement is still subject to approval by US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California.
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