back to article Zoom agrees to pay subscribers $25 to put its security SNAFUs behind it

US-based Zoom users may have a little cash coming their way after the video meeting outfit lodged a preliminary settlement in a class action related to some of its less-than-brilliant security and data protection practices. The settlement was filed Saturday in an attempt to end a class action that alleged Zoom indulged in …

  1. thinking ape

    Sure you do

    >>>The company released a statement over the weekend, declaring "The privacy and security of our users are top priorities for Zoom, and we take seriously the trust our users place in us."

    No you didn't. If you did then this total fail wouldn't have happened.

    Seems like a small fine for being totally dishonest.

    They grew their user base, made a ton of money, this is just a bit of tax on it. Until companies get ravaged by fines, they are hardly going to do anything about it

    End of the day most people just don't care so much it seems, or have little choice (the network effect).

    1. grsbanks

      Re: Sure you do

      I agree. They knew exactly what they were doing.

      Promising to improve privacy does not make them trustworthy all of a sudden. Someone over at Zoom thought it was a good idea to sell their users' personal details without disclosing it. How do we know that person and mindset are no longer there?

      1. Roland6 Silver badge

        Re: Sure you do

        >They knew exactly what they were doing.

        The reports indicate Zoom used the SDK's from Facebook and others to implement the "Login with xyz social network" functionality, rather than anything more sinister. I suspect they probably even used the SDK with the SDK providers defaults (probably set to collect lots that might be useful to the social network).

        Obviously, there is a big takeaway here for developers incorporating third-party integrations using the third-party provided SDK to double-check both the personal information the SDK collects (is it necessary and sufficient to allow your app to work) and what your app is telling users about it's data sharing.

        Bottom line: If you have a FB account and on a non-FB app, such as Zoom, you decide to use the "Login with FB" option then it is obvious some of your Zoom data will be passed to FB (and potentially vice versa - many app's will read your social network contacts).

      2. Version 1.0 Silver badge

        Re: Sure you do

        So now they can post a request for bids from a third party to handle mailing the checks to all their users, giving the company all their users names and addresses - a completely legal sale.

  2. Tron Bronze badge

    ClassActioning for fun and profit.

    Just send all your personal information to them for your $15.

    Guess who did best out of that. I'll give you a clue:

    'Legal fees are expected to be US$21.25 million.'

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