LinkedIn Accused Of Tricking Users With ‘Cryptic Disclosures’
January 24, 2014 AroundtheWeb

LinkedIn users who are suing the company for allegedly “hacking” into their email are asking a judge to reject the social-networking service’s contention that it obtained users’ permission to access their email contacts.

In new court papers, the users say LinkedIn made only “cryptic disclosures” before harvesting email addresses and sending invitations to those contacts. They argue that those minimal disclosures didn’t alert them to LinkedIn’s plan to send solicitations to their contacts.“Accepting LinkedIn’s theory of consent — that a few cryptic disclosures on a Web site provide LinkedIn the right to harvest users’ email addresses and broadcast users’ persona to hundreds of people — offends the principles enunciated in privacy laws,” the users argue in papers filed last week with U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, Calif.

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