LinkedIn Settles Class-Action Lawsuit

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LinkedIn settles class-action lawsuit – Business Insider

Mega lawsuit forces LinkedIn to pay millions AND change its Privacy Policy. As we prepare for this Tuesday's Member's Only Hangout about Privacy Policy, last week's move to settlement on behalf of LinkedIn speaks to everyone doing business online – big and small. So if you got a long email about LinkedIn and a class-action legal settlement, yes, it's real, and yes, you could be eligible to get a chunk of the $13 million that the professional social network is paying to settle the lawsuit.

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.

Although LinkedIn still denies any wrongdoing, it has made changes to its product and privacy policy and agreed to pay $13 million to settle the lawsuit. The settlement has not yet been approved, but LinkedIn and the plaintiffs' lawyers have agreed to it, so unless members of the class object, it'll probably be approved next year.

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:

LinkedIn recently settled a lawsuit concerning its Add Connections product. In the lawsuit, a number of false accusations were made against LinkedIn. Based on its review of LinkedIn's product, the Court agreed that these allegations were false and found that LinkedIn's members gave permission to share their email contacts with LinkedIn and to send invitations to connect on LinkedIn. Because the Court also suggested that we could be more clear about the fact that we send reminder emails about pending invitations from LinkedIn members, we have made changes to our product and Privacy Policy. Ultimately, we decided to resolve this case so that we can put our focus where it matters most: finding additional ways to improve our members' experiences on LinkedIn. In doing so, we will continue to be guided by our core value — putting our Members First.

via LinkedIn settles class-action lawsuit

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