Linkedin Lawsuit Over Email Privacy
LinkedIn Privacy Violation Lawsuit
Four LinkedIn users have initiated a privacy violation lawsuit claiming that the business professional networking website accessed their email accounts illegally to mine out contact details and send spam mails. The LinkedIn lawsuit filed in a San Jose federal court on September 17 alleges that Linkedln downloaded addresses from user email accounts without their express consent and sent "endorsement emails" to their friends mentioning the name and likeness of users.
First of such explosive claims against the 238-million user business social network, the LinkedIn lawsuit accuses the website of “breaking into” Gmail, Yahoo, and other user e-mail accounts without permission and sending endorsement emails from them, pretending to be the real user. Such practice of “hacking,” according to the complaint, is motivated by marketing practices to gain commercial benefits and extend its reach.
Spread over 46 pages, the detailed complaint highlights several instances where users made complaints to LinkedIn against sending unqualified and illegal endorsement messages to email accounts of clients, friends, spouses, forgotten girlfriends or boyfriends, business partners and even opposing counsels without their consent. The plaintiffs have also alleged that the social networking site’s Terms of Services did not have satisfactory details indicating such data-gathering and LinkedIn "provides no functional way to stop multiple subsequent advertising emails from being sent."