No Longer A Secret: Zoom Settles with FTC

The FTC finalized a settlement in February with Zoom over allegations that the company “misled users by touting that it offered “end-to-end, 256-bit encryption” to secure users’ communications, when in fact it provided a lower level of security.” “Zoom’s security practices didn’t line up with its promises, and this action will help to make sure that Zoom meetings and data about Zoom users are protected,” says Andrew Smith, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. As part of the settlement, Zoom will have to implement new safeguards and routinely assess internal and external security risks. This is related, but separate from the class-action settlement from August 2021 in which Zoom agreed to pay $85 million after violating users’ privacy rights and failing to implement adequate security measures.

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