Zoom Fined $85 Million for Violating User Privacy

Recently on Saturday, Zoom is fined $85 Million for violating user privacy. In a lawsuit, claim Zoom was accused of sharing the personal data of users with Google, LinkedIn, and Facebook and for ‘Zoombooming’ which is the act of disruption caused by hackers in a zoom meeting and showing disturbing content such as pornography, racist language.

The parties involved in the matter are waiting for the jurisdiction of U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California on the preliminary settlement.

Under this settlement, Zoom will refund the maximum out of the 15% of the core subscription charge and $25 to the affected subscribers.

Now to enhance user privacy, the video conferencing platform will add a feature that will tell the user about the use of third-party apps by any participant in the meetings. Along with that, it will also train its employees to handle data and ensure user privacy.

Even though the company is ready to settle the lawsuit, but it has refused to cause intentional harm to the user’s privacy.

It was back on March 11 this year, when the district judge allowed the victims to file contract-based claims on Zoom.

According to the plaintiffs’ lawyers, Zoom has made an earning of $1.3 billion from its class members, so the Zoom fine of $85 Million is completely justified considering the risk involved. Although they are asking for $21.25 million more for the legal expense.

As far as Zoombooming is concerned, District Judge, Koh does not consider Zoom liable for user content under Section 230 of the federal Communications Decency Act.

As work from home become mandatory for organizations and people during Covid 19 pandemic s to continue working, the customers base of Zoom increased exponentially.

But now as the organizations are reopening, and people are returning back to offices, the company is expecting the user growth rate to reduce in the coming future.

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