DOJ accuses Zoom exec of leaking user data to Beijing officials

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Dec 19th, 2020 1:45 pm

Last Updated Dec 26th, 2020 at 11:56 pm

The Department of Justice (DOJ) accused China-based Xinjiang Jin, who reportedly was Zoom's chief liaison with Chinese law enforcement and intelligence, of sharing user data at the request of the communist Chinese government.

"The allegations in the complaint lay bare the Faustian bargain that the [People's Republic of China] government demands of U.S. technology companies doing business within the PRC's borders, and the insider threat that those companies face from their own employees in the PRC," said Acting United States Attorney Seth DuCharme.

According to the complaint, Jin has also been monitoring meetings since January 2019 for political and religious topics censored by the Chinese Communist Party.

The criminal complaint also says Jin is responsible for ending at least four meetings related to the 35th-anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

Zoom issued a statement titled "Our Perspective on the DOJ Complaint" on Friday.

"Zoom has been fully cooperating with [the DOJ] in this matter," the statement from Zoom said. "We have also been conducting a thorough internal investigation, and we terminated for violating company policies the China-based former employee charged in this matter. We have also placed other employees on administrative leave pending the completion of our investigation."


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