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LinkedIn Defends Data Practice, Seeks Class Dismissal

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 16, 2013

LinkedIn is seeking a dismissal of a suit that claims the company was deceptive with its data security and privacy statements, Main Justice reports. LinkedIn has stated its privacy policy is the same for both its baseline and premium subscriptions and that the plaintiff’s claim is unjustified. “So there is no question that what members are paying for in upgrading to premium services is the enhanced premium tools and capabilities—not LinkedIn’s promise in its privacy policy to secure personal information with ‘industry standards and technology,’” the claim states, while also citing document showing the plaintiff purchased the subscription before privacy statements were included on the transaction page. According to LinkedIn, “Plaintiff’s arguments ignore that the allegedly deceptive statement was not made in advertising or in other materials that can be reasonably understood to be aimed at inducing members to purchase premium subscriptions.”
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