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October 4, 2013 / Corina Valderrama

LinkedIn Faces Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit against LinkedIn has been filed in California federal court.  The lawsuit alleges that the professional social media website hacked into users’ email address books and emailed their contacts on the user’s behalf and invited recipients to join the network.

Like many other websites, LinkedIn requires new users to enter an email address before they can begin using the service.  Plaintiffs then claim that the company accesses the email address book, downloads the users’ email contacts, and then emails these contacts without obtaining the users’ consent.

LinkedIn has denied the allegations stating that any emails sent to a user’s contacts are sent with permission.

The lawsuits is asking that this alleged conduct stop and that LinkedIn return any revenue they may have earned from advertisers by promoting the service to non users.

If you or anyone you know have had your privacy violated, please contact Khorrami Boucher Sumner Sanguinetti, LLP for a private consultation.

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