(Reuters) – A US judge dismissed large parts 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 Zoom- encounters in a practice called Zoombombing.
In a decision on Thursday night, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, dismissed several allegations in the proposed class action lawsuit, including invasion of privacy, negligence and violation of state consumer and anti-hacking laws. She allowed certain contract-based claims to continue.
The judge said that the plaintiffs failed to prove that Zoom shared or sold their data without permission, and at best argued that the San Jose-based company "disclosed the information of some others, not necessarily the plaintiff's information.
She also said that Zoom is "mostly" immune under section 230 of the Federal Communications Decency Act, which protects online platforms from liability over user content, for Zoombombing, where outsiders hijack Zoom meetings and display pornography, use racist language, or post. other disturbing content.
"Terrible as this content is, Zoom's failure to edit or block user-generated content is the very activity that Congress sought to immunize" under section 230, which protects online platforms from liability over user content, Judge Koh wrote.
The plaintiffs want Zoom to improve its security practices and damages for past privacy breaches. Judge Koh said they could try to recover the rejected claims.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs did not respond immediately on Friday to requests for comment. A Zoom lawyer had no immediate comment.
Zoom's customer base has grown more than fourfold since the beginning of last year when the COVID-1
The company's share price has more than tripled since the World Health Organization declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020. The zoom stock was at $ 343.50 per share when trading on the Nasdaq on Friday.
The case is I re: Zoom Video Communications Inc . Privacy U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.
More insurance and risk management news about the coronavirus crisis here .