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Federal Judge Dismisses Privacy Lawsuit

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 6, 2013

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against LinkedIn that claimed the professional-networking service failed to comply with industry security standards by encrypting user password data, Bloomberg reports. The suit was filed last year after the company’s website was hacked and 6.5 million user passwords were posted on an unrelated site. In dismissing the suit this week, U.S. District Judge Edward Davila said the plaintiffs did not demonstrate a “causal connection” between the company’s alleged privacy policy misrepresentation and their harm, the report states.
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