LinkedIn sued for “hacking” users’ email accounts, then pestering frien

Thanks;JESSICA GUYNN& LinkedIn September 20, 2013,
11:17 p.m.

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Jeff Weiner, chief executive officer of LinkedIn, speaks at the
TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco on Sept.
9.
SAN FRANCISCO — It’s no secret that
some people really don’t like the aggressive way that LinkedIn
convinces you to turn over your email address book to send those
pesky invitations to friends to sign up for the service. Now four
users are suing the professional networking service over it. In a
lawsuit filed in federal court this week, they allege LinkedIn is
“hacking” into their email accounts without their consent and
harvesting the email addresses of everyone they have ever swapped
messages with. “The hacking of the users’ email accounts and
downloading of all email addresses associated with that user’s
account is done without clearly notifying the user or obtaining his
or her consent,” says the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in
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They acknowledge LinkedIn asked permission, but say it never
disclosed it would bombard friends with email invitations. The
group is asking a federal judge to bar LinkedIn from the practice
and turn over any revenue made through it. “LinkedIn’s own website
contains hundreds of complaints regarding this practice,” the
complaint says. The lawsuit is seeking class action status and
unspecified damages. “LinkedIn is committed to putting our members
first, which includes being transparent about how we protect and
utilize our members’ data,” LinkedIn spokesman Hani Durzy said in
an emailed statement. “We believe that the legal claims in this
lawsuit are without merit, and we intend to fight it
vigorously.”

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