Zoombombings unleash: As Zoom fails to protect users’ data in US
Zoom, invaded the privacy of millions of users by sharing personal data with Google, Facebook and LinkedIn
Zoom has agreed to pay $86 million to settle a privacy lawsuit in the US which alleged that the firm has invaded the privacy of millions of users by posting their personal data on social media websites. The firm was also accused of misstating the end-to-end encryption. The firm denied any wrongdoing.
The settlement includes provision that Zoom will get its staff the mandatory specialised training in privacy and data handling, yet it is still a subject of approval from US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California.
The Zoom spokesperson in this regard 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.”
Background of the Story:
The per se class action lawsuit was filed in the US district Court. It is just one of the several complaints against Zoom. The lawsuit was filed by the paid as well as unpaid users.
The video-conferencing firm in March had asked the court to dismiss the motion.
What happens next?
The Zoom subscribers who are part of the lawsuit will receive 15% refunds or $25 (whichever is greater). The free users can receive $15. Zoom will also arrange data handling and privacy training for its employees.
Lingering Security Concerns:
The phenomena of security breech in Zoom is widely being called as Zoom bombings where uninvited guests crash the meetings and cause nuisance and disturbance for the people who are attending. In April last year a virtual Chipotle event in the amidst of the Corona virus lock down was ruined when a hacker successfully entered and broadcasted the pornography in front of hundreds of people who were attending the event online on Zoom.
Zoom has also come under fire because of its flawed security system. Also including the vulnerability where hackers can remove attendees from meetings and hijack screens.