Posted September 23, 2013 7:00 am by with 1 comment

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LinkedIn-Logo-02Last week a class action lawsuit was filed against LinkedIn which claimed that the ‘social network’ for professionals was hacking email accounts and spamming members’ contacts. From The Huffington Post we learn

Four individuals have filed a lawsuit against the professional networking site LinkedIn for “hacking” into their email accounts in order to send invitations to their friends.

The plaintiffs say that while they knew LinkedIn asks for users’ emails, the site does not make clear that it will bombard those users’ friends with up to three email invitations. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., alleges that LinkedIn violates the federal wiretap law as well as California privacy laws.

“For years, people have been complaining about LinkedIn’s emails,” Larry Russ, an attorney for the plaintiffs, told The Huffington Post. “This lawsuit is squarely directed at the marketing practices causing the public outrage.”

This kind of activity might go unnoticed by most but the list of the four plaintiffs aren’t exactly lightweights

The four plaintiffs in the case are Paul Perkins, a New York resident and former manager of international advertising sales for The New York Times; Ann Brandwein, a statistics professor at Baruch College in New York; Erin Eggers, a film producer and former vice-president of Morgan Creek Productions in LA; and Pennie Sempell, a lawyer and author in San Francisco.

What their end game is is anyone’s guess. Of course, it could be money. It could be to hurt LinkedIn stock (why I have no idea, it’s pure conjecture on my part). Maybe the film producer is looking for a new story to tell? So many options.

LinkedIn, of course, doesn’t agree. The title of the blog post responding to this case is “Setting the Record Straight on False Accusations” so you can guess how they feel about this chain of events.

As you may have read recently, a class action lawsuit was filed against LinkedIn last week. The lawsuit alleges that we “break into” the email accounts of our members who choose to upload their email address books to LinkedIn. Quite simply, this is not true, and with so much misinformation out there, we wanted to clear up a few things for our members.

-We do not access your email account without your permission. Claims that we “hack” or “break into” members’ accounts are false.
-We never deceive you by “pretending to be you” in order to access your email account.
-We never send messages or invitations to join LinkedIn on your behalf to anyone unless you have given us permission to do so.

Have you experienced what this group of LinkedIn users is claiming? Do you think that LinkedIn is crossing the line? Do you want in on the class action suit? So many options!

  • It may be that it is too easy to unwittingly send out a message to your email contacts asking them to connect on LinkedIn. It’s too easy and once the email is out, you can’t rein it back in!