News: Judge narrows Zoom lawsuit over user privacy, ‘Zoombombing’.
(Reuters) – A US judge dismissed large parts of a lawsuit accusing Zoom Video Communications Inc of violating users’ privacy rights by disclosing personal information to them Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn, and the ability to allow malicious intruders to attend zoom meetings at a practice called Zoomombing.
In a ruling on Thursday night, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, Calif., Dismissed several claims in the proposed class action lawsuit, including invasion of privacy, negligence, and violations of that state’s consumer and anti-hacking laws. It allowed some contractual claims to proceed.
The judge said plaintiffs had failed to establish that Zoom shared or sold their data without permission, alleging at best that the San Jose-based company “disclosed certain information about other people, not necessarily plaintiffs’ information.”
She also said that under Section 230 of the Federal Communications Decency Act, which protects online platforms from liability for user content, Zoom for zoom bombing, in which outsiders hijack Zoom meetings and display pornography, use racist language, or post other disruptive content, ” mostly “immune.
“As appalling as this content is, Zoom’s failure to edit or block user-generated content is exactly the activity Congress wanted to immunize,” wrote Koh in Section 230, which protects online platforms from liability for user content.
Plaintiffs want Zoom to improve its security practices and cause harm to previous data breaches. Koh said they could try again to respond to the rejected claims.
Plaintiffs’ lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Friday. A Zoom attorney had no immediate comment.
Zoom’s customer base has more than quadrupled since early last year as the COVID-19 pandemic forced more people to work and communicate from their computers at home.
The company’s share price has more than tripled since the World Health Organization declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Zoom stock was trading at $ 343.50 per share on Friday at noon on Nasdaq trading.
The case is In re: Zoom Video Communications Inc., Privacy Disputes, US District Court, Northern District of California, No. 20-02155.
Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York
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