Despite its problematic security and privacy reputation, Zoom has become extremely popular in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak. Now, as more people use the app for professional meetings or social media discussions, hackers and governments are expressing fresh concerns about the platform.
Zoom has suggested a settlement to stop a lawsuit over security and privacy, paying $85 million in exchange for a promise to modify its standards.
A lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, alleging that Zoom distributed confidential user information to third parties without the consent of its users. The sharing of data with Facebook and the prevention of hacks such as “zoombombings” were additional concerns.
In a recent update, it appears that Zoom may be able to avoid the legal battle by paying compensation and promising to improve.
According to Bloomberg, the proposed agreement calls for Zoom to pay up to $85 million. This comprises a $25 payment for paying Zoom subscribers who are part of the class action lawsuit, as well as a $15 settlement for those who are unable to make a paid subscription claim.
Zoom will also be compelled to modify its privacy procedures, albeit the specifics of these adjustments have not been disclosed.
The agreement isn’t complete yet because it still needs to be approved by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh.