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LinkedIn Sued for E-Mail Mining; Suits Mount Against Gov’t

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 23, 2013

A new lawsuit against LinkedIn has been filed by four users who claim the professional networking site accessed their e-mails without consent and used the harvested addresses of their contacts to spam non-users with invites to the service, The New York Times reports. In one claim, the suit alleges LinkedIn is “breaking into” external e-mail accounts pretending to be the user, but no details are offered. In response, LinkedIn has released a blog post refuting the claims. In separate class-action news, a Politics in Minnesota report details the mounting data protection lawsuits being filed against the government after one case resulted in more than $1 million worth of settlements from illegal government access to driver’s license records. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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