Facebook and LinkedIn Unlawfully Intercepted Zoom Users’ Communications to Boost Their Bottom Lines; Zoom Unlawfully Shared Users’ Data
LOS ANGELES – Facebook and LinkedIn surreptiously eavesdropped on Zoom users’ electronic communications with Zoom, gathering users’ personal information in order to increase their revenues, according to a 17-count class action lawsuit filed in federal court today. The suit also alleges that Zoom unlawfully shared Zoom users’ personal information with third parties.
Zoom, a video-conferencing app that has gained explosive popularity due to stay-at-home orders implemented throughout the country, along with Facebook and LinkedIn, have been sued by a California resident for their gross invasions of Zoom users’ privacy. Zoom is named as a defendant for unlawfully disclosing users’ personal information and misrepresenting the nature of its data security practices.
Simultaneously with Zoom users installing the Zoom app, Facebook began eavesdropping on their communications with Zoom in order to amass increasingly detailed profiles on the users and benefit Facebook’s targeted advertising business.
LinkedIn engaged in similar conduct, covertly intercepting Zoom users’ communications with Zoom to boost revenues. According to the complaint, LinkedIn disclosed the identities of Zoom users to third parties, even when the users took steps to keep their identities anonymous.
“Zoom, Facebook and LinkedIn violated American citizens’ fundamental right to privacy, a right that is of heightened importance as millions shelter in place and communicate primarily on-line during the pandemic,” said Scott R. Drury of Loevy & Loevy, on of the attorneys representing the plaintiff in the lawsuit. “This action seeks to right those wrongs and let the Defendants know they cannot trample on people’s rights.” The lawsuit was filed by Todd Hurvitz. Hurvitz is represented by Scott R. Drury, Mike Kanovitz and David B. Owens of Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law, a civil rights law firm dedicated to protecting consumers’ data privacy and online civil rights. A copy of the lawsuit, Todd Hurvitz v. Zoom Video Communications, Inc., et al., No. 2:20-cv-03400, is available here.