Zoom, Facebook, LinkedIn - Alleged Disclosure of User Communications

Zoom, Facebook, LinkedIn – Alleged Disclosure of User Communications

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Class Action Lawsuit On Behalf of Individuals and Businesses Whose Personal or Private Information Was Unlawfully Collected, Disclosed And/Or Used by Zoom, Facebook And/Or LinkedIn Upon The Installation, Opening, Closing Or Use of The Zoom App

Kehoe Law Firm, P.C. is making consumers and businesses aware that on April 13, 2020, a class action lawsuit was filed in United States District Court, Central District of California, against Zoom Video Communications, Inc., Facebook, and LinkedIn Corporation on behalf a nationwide Class of all persons and businesses in the United States whose personal or private information was unlawfully collected, disclosed and/or used by Zoom, Facebook and/or LinkedIn upon the installation, opening, closing or use of the Zoom App. 

According to the complaint:

Zoom . . . contends that it cares for its users and seeks to deliver happiness. Not so. It recently has been revealed that: (a) Defendants Facebook and LinkedIn eavesdropped on, and otherwise read, attempted to read and learned the contents and meaning of, the communications between Zoom users’ devices and Defendant Zoom’s server; (b) Zoom and LinkedIn disclosed Zoom users’ identities to third parties even when those users actively took steps to keep their identities anonymous while using the Zoom platform; and (c) Zoom falsely represented the safeguards in place to keep users’ video communications private.

Indeed, the exploitation of Zoom users began simultaneously with the installation of Zoom’s software application (the “Zoom App”), especially if they used the iOS operating system – the system to run to Apple products. At that time, and each time thereafter that a Zoom user opened or closed the Zoom App, Defendant Facebook eavesdropped on, and otherwise read, attempted to read and learned the contents and meaning of, communications between Zoom users’ devices and Defendant Zoom’s server without the users’ knowledge or consent.

Facebook engaged in that unlawful conduct in order to gather users’ personal information and amass increasingly detailed profiles on Zoom users, which profiles Zoom and Facebook then used for their respective financial benefit.

Similarly, Defendant LinkedIn eavesdropped on, and otherwise read, attempted to read and learned the contents and meaning of[] communications between Zoom users’ devices and Defendant Zoom’s server, in order to harvest users’ personal information. Further, Zoom and LinkedIn surreptitiously provided certain Zoom users with the personal information of other users even when the victim users proactively took steps to hide their identities.

Additionally, Defendant Zoom has misrepresented the nature of the security used to protect Zoom users’ video communications. It has also concealed, suppressed and omitted from disclosure various flaws in its products until they are publicly disclosed by third parties, knowing that the disclosures could harm its business. [Emphasis added.]

The class action seeks damages and equitable relief on behalf of a nationwide Class of all persons and businesses in the United States whose personal or private information was unlawfully collected, disclosed and/or used by Zoom, Facebook and/or LinkedIn upon the installation, opening, closing or use of the Zoom App.

Kehoe Law Firm, P.C.