Zoom App sued over illegal disclosure of personal information


Islamabad, 02 April 2020 – Abdul Rehman Chudhary:

Remote conferencing services company Zoom is being sued by a user who claims that the service illegally provided users’ personal information to another party without first disclosing such an exchange.

Late last month, Vice News’ Motherboard reported that Zoom’s iOS app was sharing users’ data with social networking website Facebook – prompting the company to respond.

“We will be removing the Facebook SDK [software development kit] and reconfiguring the feature so that users will still be able to login with Facebook via their browser,” Zoom said in a statement to the outlet following the report.

While the remote conferencing company has since removed the segment of the app’s code which provides the data to Facebook, one user was clearly not satisfied and filed a lawsuit against the company in a San Jose, California, federal court on Monday, according to a report from Bloomberg.

Robert Cullen, the Sacramento, California, resident who filed the suit, is looking to represent other users of the video conferencing service, according to Bloomberg. The court filing demands that Zoom pay punitive damages and other damages over its violation of California’s Consumer Privacy Act.

In addition to legal troubles, the video conferencing app has recently been hit with hackers trying to troll the service – which has seen a spike in use following the continued COVID-19 novel coronavirus-related stay-at-home orders and quarantines worldwide.