LinkedIn Settles Class-Action Lawsuit
LinkedIn settles class-action lawsuit – Business Insider
Here's the deal:
In 2013, a class-action lawsuit accused LinkedIn of accessing users' email accounts without their permission and unwittingly using their names to send email invitations to people in their address books.
The court agreed that LinkedIn members did give the social network permission to use their email contacts to send connection invitations.
The court found that although LinkedIn members consented to importing their contacts and sending LinkedIn connection requests, they did not consent to the two additional “reminder emails” that LinkedIn would send about those requests.
Assuming the settlement goes through, what does that mean for you?
As a LinkedIn user, you will now see a new disclosure when you send a connection invitation, letting you know that LinkedIn will send two reminder emails to the recipient. By the end of 2015, LinkedIn will also start letting members who are getting reminders stop those reminders from coming by canceling the invitation.
If you got the email, you may also be eligible to get some money.
LinkedIn's $13 million will be distributed pro rata, meaning that the amount each person gets will depends on how many people file claims. But if the number of claims means that the pay-out amounts to less than $10 per person who filed, LinkedIn will have to add on an additional $750,000.
LinkedIn sent Business Insider the following statement:
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