Bloomberg Law
Feb. 1, 2021, 7:42 PM

Zoosk Faces Negligence Suit in California Over User Data Hack

Porter Wells
Porter Wells

Online dating site Zoosk Inc. must defend against negligence claims brought by California residents whose personal identifying information was allegedly compromised by hackers last year, a federal judge ruled.

“A dating app contains sensitive information about sexual preferences, which means that a hack and subsequent use of the private information could plausibly lead to blackmail and embarrassment,” Judge William Allsup said Jan. 30 for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

After learning that a group going by the name “ShinyHunters” had accessed and stolen data from 30 million Zoosk users in early 2020, the company purportedly ...