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LinkedIn Banned From Blocking Public Profile Access

Aug. 15, 2017, 2:52 PM

LinkedIn Corp. can’t block access to member public profile data, a federal court held in considering whether collecting data from a public website could constitute unauthorized access (hiQ Labs, Inc. v. LinkedIn Corp., 2017 BL 284160, N.D. Cal., 17-cv-03301-EMC, preliminary injunction granted 8/14/17).

HiQ Labs Inc., a company that collects and analyzes LinkedIn profile data to provide employee attrition and retention analysis for its clients, sued LinkedIn after the social network threatened legal action and blocked access to its website. HiQ alleged violations of California’s constitution and unfair competition statute. LinkedIn argued that hiQ’s state claims fail because ...

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