Words with Friends and Draw Something creator Zynga faces a class action lawsuit over a 2019 data breach that compromised the account passwords of between 170 million and 218 million users of the popular apps.
The lawsuit alleges that Zynga negligently "failed to reasonably safeguard" user data.
Zynga is not responsible under the law for the nefarious acts of others. However, the plaintiffs allege Zynga did not meet industry data protection standards or the obligations set forth in its own privacy policies.
In addition, the plaintiffs allege, if Zynga knew about the breach and waited too long in violation of statutory requirements to notify affected individuals, the organization could be liable for damages.
Because the data of minors was compromised in the breach, the court may apply a heightened standard.
Cybercriminals often target organizations such as Zynga that grow very quickly. The 2019 cyberattack against Zynga is reported to be the tenth largest cyberattack of all time. Sam Desatoff "Zynga is being sued for a 2019 data breach" gamedaily.biz (Mar. 04, 2020).