A US judge dismissed much of a lawsuit accusing Zoom Video Communications Inc of violating users’ privacy rights by sharing personal information with Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn, and allowing malicious intruders to join meetings. of Zoom in a practice called Zoomombing.
In a decision Thursday night, US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, dismissed several claims in the proposed class action lawsuit, including invasion of privacy, negligence and violations of laws. of consumption and against the computer piracy of that state. She allowed some claims based on contracts to proceed.
The judge said the plaintiffs were unable to prove that Zoom shared or sold their data without permission and, in the best case scenario, alleged that the San Jose-based company “disclosed some data about other people, not necessarily the data of the other people. plaintiffs “.
He also said Zoom is “mostly” immune under Section 230 of the federal Communications Decency Act, which protects online platforms from liability for user content, for Zoombombing, where outsiders hijack meetings. Zoom and display pornography, use racist language, or post other disturbing content. .
“As terrible as this content is, Zoom’s failure to edit or block user-generated content is the same activity that Congress sought to immunize” under Section 230, which protects online platforms from liability. User content, Koh wrote.
The plaintiffs want Zoom to improve its security practices and damages for past privacy violations. Koh said they can try to complete the dismissed claims.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Friday. An attorney for Zoom did not immediately comment.
Zoom’s customer base has quadrupled since the beginning of last year when the COVID-19 pandemic forced more people to work and communicate through their computers at home.
The company’s stock price has more than tripled since the World Health Organization declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Zoom shares were at $ 343.50 a share in midday trading on the Nasdaq on Friday.
The case is In re: Zoom Video Communications Inc Privacy Litigation, US District Court, Northern District of California, No. 20-02155.