Group Chairs and Meeting Hosts of Online Meetings

With the quick change to virtual meeting formats it has provided little time, but great opportunity, to consider what this means to the spiritual foundation of our recovery – namely, anonymity. Now that meetings are available online, please consider these best practices for protecting anonymity. They have been collected from the membership and other online resources.

May of the default Zoom settings run counter to our spiritual foundation of anonymity. Meetings are publicly accessible and full names are displayed by default. Participants’ video is on when they enter a room and the Zoom meeting may be set to auto record to the cloud. Changing these settings is simple, fortunately.

There are many settings in the Meeting subtab that can also be adjusted, such as disallowing remote control of devices, file transfer, data sharing with Zoom, and screen sharing.

Here are some suggested settings for your meeting to use. Please note that most, if not all, of the settings below are not the Zoom default:

Log into Zoom at
Go to: Settings > Recording and click off the Local and Cloud recording features.
In the Zoom Settings section, under the Meeting subtab:

  • Require Encryption for Third Party Endpoints
  • Disable Auto saving chats
  • Disable File transfer
  • Disable Feedback to Zoom
  • Disable Screen sharing
  • Disable desktop/screen share for users
  • Disable Remote control
  • Allow Virtual background (this is the Zoom default and allows the user to use a virtual background instead of the inside of their apartment, for example)

In the Zoom Settings section, under the Recording subtab:

  • Disable Local recording
  • Disable Cloud recording
  • Disable Automatic recording