What Is the Potential Liability for Zoombombing, and How Safe Are Zoom Alternatives?

Among the many ways in which the coronavirus has changed our daily lives is by introducing a new expression into our collective vocabulary – Zoombombing. The rise of Zoombombing coincides with the meteoric rise in use of the popular teleconference platform and raises a number of thorny privacy and data security questions, as well as questions about third-party liability for online harassment. In this guest article, Philip N. Yannella, a partner at Ballard Spahr, and Greg Szewczyk, of counsel at the firm, examine Zoom’s security and privacy troubles, including pending actions and investigations against it, alternatives to Zoom, and potential claims companies can pursue against Zoombombers. See “How to Stem the Coming Tide of CCPA Private Litigation” (Jan. 22, 2020).

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