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Judge Dismisses Social Networking Suit

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

November 15, 2011

U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh has dismissed a lawsuit against LinkedIn alleging that the company violated a user's privacy by exposing his browsing history along with his LinkedIn unique ID, reports MediaPost News. Koh gave the plaintiff 21 days to amend and refile his case, ruling the plaintiff "has not alleged how third-party advertisers would be able to infer...personal identity from LinkedIn's anonymous user ID combined with his browsing history" nor "that his browsing history...was actually linked to his identity by LinkedIn and actually transmitted to any third parties." Koh also rejected claims of financial harm, stating the plaintiff didn't show how he was prevented from "capitalizing on the value of his personal data."
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