Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why was the Notice issued?

    The Court authorized Notice because Class Members have a right to know about the proposed Settlement of certain claims against Zoom in this class action lawsuit and about their options before the Court decides whether to approve the Settlement. If the Court approves the Settlement and after any appeals are resolved, the Settlement Administrator will make the payments that the Settlement allows. If the Court approves the Settlement and after any appeals are resolved, Class Members will be bound by the Judgment and terms of the Settlement, unless they timely exclude themselves (“opt out”) from the Settlement.

    The Notice explains the Action, the Settlement, and Class Members’ legal rights and options, and the deadlines for Class Members to exercise their rights. To obtain more information about the Settlement, you can download a copy of the Settlement Agreement here (which defines certain capitalized terms used in this website). You can also review FAQ 29.

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  2. Why is this a class action?

    In a class action lawsuit, one or more people or businesses called “Class Representatives” sue on behalf of others who have similar claims. All of the people or businesses who have similar claims are a “class” or “class members” if the class is certified by the Court. Individual class members do not have to file a lawsuit to participate in the class action settlement or be bound by the judgment in the class action. One court resolves the issues for everyone in the class, except for those who exclude themselves from the class, as explained in FAQ 23.

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  3. What is this lawsuit about?

    This class action is called In re: Zoom Video Communications, Inc. Privacy Litigation, Case No. 3:20-cv-02155-LB and is pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler is overseeing this class action.

    Plaintiffs claim certain theories of alleged wrongful conduct by Zoom: (1) unauthorized sharing of users’ information with third parties through incorporation of software development kits (SDKs) in the Zoom application, (2) unauthorized sharing of users’ information with third parties through the third-party developers’ employment of apps that can be installed and run on the Zoom platform (known as “marketplace apps”), (3) failure to prevent unwanted meeting disruptions by third parties, and (4) misrepresentations that Zoom provided end-to-end encryption at a time when Plaintiffs allege Zoom did not. Plaintiffs claim that such alleged conduct violated California state and federal laws. Zoom denies these allegations and denies any liability whatsoever.

    The issuance of the Notice and this website is not an expression of the Court’s opinion on the merit or the lack of merit of any of Plaintiffs’ claims or Zoom’s defenses in the lawsuit. The Court has not decided who is right or wrong. Instead, both sides have agreed to a Settlement to avoid the risk and cost of further litigation.

    For information about what has happened in the lawsuit to date, and about the additional litigation referenced herein, you can access the Settlement Agreement and other case documents here. Please also see FAQ 29 for additional information about accessing case documents.

    In addition, there are two other lawsuits brought against Zoom pending in other courts that involve some of the same allegations as in this Action. These lawsuits are discussed in more detail in FAQ 20. If you do not exclude yourself from this Settlement, you will be releasing any claims you may have in both those related litigations.

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  4. Why is there a Settlement?

    The Court did not decide in favor of the Plaintiffs or Zoom. Instead, both sides have agreed to the Settlement. Both sides want to avoid the risk and cost of further litigation. Plaintiffs and Class Counsel also believe that the Settlement is in the best interests of the Settlement Class.

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  5. Am I part of the Settlement Class?

    You are a member of the Settlement Class if you are in the United States and, between March 30, 2016, and July 30, 2021, you registered, used, opened, or downloaded the Zoom Meetings Application (“App”), unless an exception applies. For more detail on whether an exception applies to you, please see FAQ 6.

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  6. What are the exceptions to being included in the Settlement Class?

    Enterprise and Government Accounts Are Excluded: If you only used Zoom through an Enterprise-Level Account or a Zoom for Government Account between March 30, 2016 and July 30, 2021 you are excluded from the proposed Settlement Class:

    • An “Enterprise-Level Account” is a registered Zoom Meetings App account that as of July 30, 2021 belonged to, was controlled by, or was provisioned by a Person paying to use (or otherwise licensed by Zoom to use) the Zoom Meetings App at the “Enterprise” level of Zoom’s pricing plans, as opposed to other account types, including “Basic”, “Pro”, or “Business” levels (see www.zoom.us/pricing).
    • A “Zoom for Government Account” is a Zoom for Government user account (see www.zoomgov.com) as of July 30, 2021.

    This means that if the only time you have used the Zoom Meetings App was when using an Enterprise-Level Account or a Zoom for Government Account, you are excluded from the Settlement Class.

    The Settlement Class also excludes Zoom and its officers and directors, the Judge or Magistrate Judge to whom the Action is assigned, and any members of those Judge’s staffs of immediate family members.

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  7. How can I tell if I used the Zoom Meeting App through an Enterprise-Level Account?

    If you received a Claim Number on a mailed or emailed notice, then you can file a claim using that number.

    To determine if you have an Enterprise-Level Account:

    1. Login to your account at www.zoom.us.
    2. Go to the “My Account” page.
    3. Click on the “Account Profile” tab on the left.

    If “Account Type” includes the word “Enterprise” (as seen in the screen shot below), then you have an Enterprise-Level Account.

    Enterprise Account

    Regardless of the Account Type stated on your Account Profile, you may also be an excluded Enterprise-Level Account under the Settlement Agreement if the subscription through which you access Zoom has features that are only available at the Enterprise level, such as having 100 or more paid licenses (see www.zoom.us/pricing).

    If you only used Zoom through an Enterprise-Level Account, you are excluded from the Settlement Class, are not eligible to file a claim, and are not entitled to benefits including a cash payment.

    If you also used Zoom through a non-Enterprise-Level Account, you may be entitled to benefits including a cash payment. You must make a claim by March 5, 2022, to receive a cash payment. Click here to submit a Claim Form online.

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  8. How can I tell if I used the Zoom Meetings App through a Zoom for Government Account?

    If you received a Claim Number on a mailed or emailed notice, then you can file a claim using that number.

    If you only used Zoom through a Zoom for Government Account, you are excluded from the Settlement Class, are not eligible to file a claim, and are not entitled to benefits including a cash payment.

    To determine if you have an Zoom for Government Account:

    • On a Zoom desktop application, click your profile icon in the upper right corner. If “ZOOMGOV” is displayed at the top-right (as seen in the screen shots below), then you have a Zoom for Government Account.
    • On a Zoom mobile device application, click on the “Settings” tab. If “ZOOMGOV” is displayed at the top-right, then you have a Zoom for Government Account.

    Enterprise Account Enterprise Account

    If you also used Zoom through a non-Zoom for Government Account, you may be entitled to benefits including a cash payment. You must make a claim by March 5, 2022, to receive a cash payment. Click here to submit a Claim Form online.

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  9. I’m still not sure if I’m included. What should I do next?

    If you are still not sure if you are included in the Settlement Class, please review the detailed information contained herein and in the Settlement Agreement. You may also contact the Settlement Administrator here or call toll-free at 1-800-397-3418.

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  10. I did not get a notice, am I part of the Settlement Class?

    Even if you did not receive a mailed or emailed notice, you may be part of the Settlement Class if you fit the description of a Settlement Class Member (see FAQ 5). If you are still not sure if you are included in the Settlement Class, please review the detailed information contained herein and in the Settlement Agreement. You may also contact the Settlement Administrator here or call toll-free at 1-800-397-3418.

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  11. What relief does the Settlement provide to Settlement Class Members?

    The Settlement provides monetary payments to eligible Settlement Class Members who submit a valid Claim Form on or before March 5, 2022. Please see FAQ 12 on how to submit a Claim Form. Without admitting liability, Zoom has also agreed to make certain changes to its policies and practices that will benefit the Settlement Class, the details of which you can review in Section 3 of the Settlement Agreement.

    If the Court approves the Settlement, Zoom will pay $85 million to create a Settlement Fund. The money remaining in the Settlement Fund after paying settlement administration and notice costs, the award of attorneys’ fees and expenses to Class Counsel by the Court (“Fee and Expense Award”), and any Service Payments to Plaintiffs ordered by the Court, is called the “Net Settlement Fund.” The Net Settlement Fund will be distributed to Settlement Class Members who submit a valid Claim Form on or before March 5, 2022.

    Eligible Settlement Class Members can submit a Claim Form for the following claims:

    • Paid Subscription Claim: If you are a Class Member who paid for a Zoom Meetings App subscription between March 30, 2016, and July 30, 2021, you are eligible to file a claim for $25 or 15% of the money you paid to Zoom for the core App subscription (i.e., not including optional add-on features/support that customers may add to their subscriptions) during that time, whichever is greater.
      • For example, if you spent $75 on a Zoom Meetings App subscription during the relevant time period, 15% of $75 is $11.25. Because $11.25 is less than $25, your claim will be treated as a claim for $25.
    • User Claim: If you registered, used, opened, or downloaded the Zoom Meeting App between March 30, 2016, and July 30, 2021, and you are not eligible to submit a Paid Subscription Claim, you are eligible to file a claim for $15.

    The amount paid to each Class Member who submits a Claim Form will depend on (i) the number of valid claims submitted, (ii) the total costs of administering the Settlement and providing notice to the Class Members, (iii) the amount of the Fee and Expense Award, and (iv) any Service Payments to Plaintiffs approved by the Court.

    No one knows in advance how much each valid claim payment will be until the deadline for submitting claims passes and the Court approves the Fee and Expense Award and Service Payments.

    Since many people might submit claims, it is possible that you will receive less money than what is described above. Any reduction in how much money you might receive will be governed by the terms and conditions of the Settlement Agreement.

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  12. How do I get a payment?

    To make a claim and receive a payment, you must have completed and submitted a Claim Form online by March 5, 2022, or by mail postmarked by March 5, 2022.

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  13. How do I elect a payment type?

    Now that the Settlement was granted final approval on April 21, 2022, if you have a valid claim (as determined by the Settlement Administrator), you will receive an upcoming email, at the email address provided in your claim, prompting you to select how you’d like to be paid. You can receive your payment via a variety of digital options such as digital debit card or PayPal, or you can elect to receive a check.

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  14. If I filed a claim, could I have also opted out of the Settlement?

    No. If you submitted a valid written request to be excluded from the Settlement Class, you will not be a part of the Settlement and were not eligible to make a claim for a payment.

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  15. If I filed a claim, could I have also objected to the Settlement?

    Yes. Objecting is telling the Court that you do not like something about the Settlement while remaining in the Settlement Class and being subject to the Settlement.

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  16. What am I giving up by staying in the Settlement Class?

    Unless you excluded yourself, you remain in the Settlement Class. Remaining in the Settlement Class means that you cannot sue, continue to sue, or be part of any other lawsuit against Zoom—including the actions listed in FAQ 20 that makes claims based on the facts and legal theories alleged in this case or any of the business practices Zoom adopts pursuant to the Settlement Agreement. It also means that all of the Court’s orders will apply to you and legally bind you. The Released Claims are detailed in the Settlement Agreement.

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  17. What happens if I do nothing at all?

    If you did nothing, you will remain a member of the Settlement Class and be bound by the Settlement. However, if you were eligible to share in the Net Settlement Fund but did not submit a timely valid claim on or before the March 5, 2022 deadline, you will not receive a payment.

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  18. Will the Plaintiffs receive any compensation for their efforts in bringing this Action?

    Plaintiffs requested a Service Payment of up to $5,000 (each) for their services as Class Representatives and their efforts in bringing the Action. The Court made the final decision as to the amount to be paid to the Plaintiffs at the Final Approval Hearing on April 21, 2022.

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  19. If my claim is approved, when will I get paid?

    If you submitted a timely valid Claim Form by the March 5, 2022 deadline you will receive payment about 75 days after the April 21, 2022 Final Approval Hearing, assuming that no one files an appeal challenging the Settlement.

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  20. Are there any related litigations that are a part of this Settlement?

    There are two other lawsuits against Zoom that concern some of the same allegations as in this Action and are a part of this Settlement.

    The lawsuits are pending in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Santa Clara: Arriaza v. Zoom Video Communications, Inc., Case No. 20CV366439, and Greenbaum v. Zoom Video Communications, Inc., Case No. 20CV366980 (collectively, the “Related Litigations”).

    Both of those lawsuits are brought as class actions on behalf of California users of the Zoom Meetings App, although the court has not yet decided whether they can proceed as class actions. Plaintiffs in those lawsuits allege liability based on the same theories of liability as alleged in this Action. They bring claims for (1) California common law invasion of privacy and violation of the California Constitution’s right to privacy, Art. 1, § 1; (2) negligence; (3) breach of the implied warranty of merchantability; (4) breach of implied contract; (5) unjust enrichment; (6) violation of California’s UCL; (7) violation of California’s CLRA; and (8) violation of the California Consumer Privacy Act.

    If you are a California resident, you will be giving up any rights under those lawsuits if you do not exclude yourself from this Settlement.

    As with the claims in this Settlement, Zoom denies any liability whatsoever in the Related Litigations. The issuance of the Notice is not an expression of the Court’s opinion on the merit or the lack of merit of any of the claims in the Related Litigations.

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  21. Do I have a lawyer in this case?

    The Court has appointed (1) Tina Wolfson of Ahdoot & Wolfson, PC and (2) Mark C. Molumphy of Cotchett, Pitre, & McCarthy LLP as Class Counsel. Their contact information is:

    Tina Wolfson
    Ahdoot & Wolfson, PC
    ClassCounsel@ZoomMeetingsClassAction.com
    Mark C. Molumphy
    Cotchett, Pitre, & McCarthy LLP
    ClassCounsel@ZoomMeetingsClassAction.com

    You do not need to hire a lawyer because Class Counsel is working on your behalf.

    If you wish to pursue your own lawsuit separate from this one, or if you exclude yourself from the Settlement, these lawyers will no longer represent you. You will need to hire a lawyer if you wish to pursue your own lawsuit against Zoom.

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  22. How will the lawyers be paid?

    The Court approved 25% of the Settlement, or $21,250,000 as attorneys’ fees and $130,842.24for reimbursement of expenses. These amounts will be deducted from the Settlement Fund before making payments to Class Members. You will not have to pay any fees or expenses.

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  23. How could Class Members have excluded themselves from the Settlement?

    Requests for Exclusion must have been postmarked by or emailed by March 5, 2022.

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  24. If I did not exclude myself, can I still sue Zoom for the same thing later?

    No. Unless you excluded yourself, you gave up the right to sue Zoom for any claims that are released by the Settlement Agreement.

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  25. How could I have told the Court that I do not like the Settlement?

    Objections must have been postmarked by March 5, 2022.

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  26. What is the difference between excluding myself and objecting to the Settlement?

    Objecting is telling the Court that you do not like something about the Settlement while remaining in the Settlement Class and being subject to the Settlement. You could have objected only if you did not exclude yourself from the Settlement Class. Excluding yourself is telling the Court that you do not want to be part of the Settlement Class or the lawsuit. If you excluded yourself, you are no longer a member of the Settlement Class and you do not have a right to share in the Settlement’s proceeds or to object because the Settlement no longer affects you.

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  27. When did the Court approve the Settlement?

    The Court granted final approval to the Settlement on April 21, 2022, at the Final Approval Hearing.

    At the Final Approval Hearing, the Court considered whether the Settlement was fair, reasonable, and adequate to Settlement Class Members. The Court also approved Fee Awards for Class Counsel, and Service Awards for Plaintiffs. If there were objections, the Court considered them.

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  28. How can I update my contact information?

    If, after you submit a Claim Form, you change your postal or email address, it is your responsibility to inform the Settlement Administrator of your updated information. You may do so either using this website here, or by mail at the address below:

    In Re: Zoom Video Communications, Inc. Privacy Litigation
    c/o Settlement Administrator
    P.O. Box 5534
    Portland, OR 97228-5534

    Please provide your Claim Number from your Notice, or Confirmation Code from your online Claim Form.

    Do NOT use the form to update your contact information if you have not filed a Claim Form either online or via mail.

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  29. How do I get more information?

    This website summarizes the proposed Settlement and does not cover all of the issues and proceedings that have occurred. For the precise terms and conditions of the Settlement, please see the Settlement Agreement, which can be found along with other important documents on the Important Documents page. This website will also provide information about the current status of the case. You may also contact the Settlement Administrator here or toll-free at 1-800-397-3418, or Class Counsel here.

    To see the complete file for the Action, you may access the Court docket in this case, for a fee, through the Court’s PACER system at https://ecf.cand.uscourts.gov, or by visiting the office of the Clerk of the Court for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Courthouse, Courtroom B – 15th Floor, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102, between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding Court holidays.

    PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE COURT OR THE COURT CLERK’S OFFICE TO INQUIRE ABOUT THIS SETTLEMENT OR THE CLAIM PROCESS.

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