Did LinkedIn Betray Users?
The well known professional networking site LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD) is facing a lawsuit from users who claim that their identities were taken by the company and then used for marketing to make a profit. This was done by hacking into their external email addresses and using the contact info, reports Bloomberg.
The complainants have requested the judge bar the site from repeating the same practices as the lawsuit continues. A court filing also requested that any revenue LinkedIn earned from utilizing this information is returned.
The site has more than 238 million members and claims to be the largest networking site of this type in the world. The complaint, which was filed last week, included a quote from the company’s CEO Jeff Weiner who said, “This strong membership growth is due in large part to new growth optimization efforts.”