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LinkedIn to face lawsuit for sending repeat invitations to your contacts

Jun 14 2014, 2:11pm CDT | by , in News | Other Stuff

LinkedIn to face lawsuit for sending repeat invitations to your contacts
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The networking site may have violated California's right of publicity

Surely we are all aware of the fact that giving LinkedIn access to our email accounts means that we are allowing the site to use our contact list to recruit new members. This seems to be quite normal, right? However, this is not the true picture in its entirety. The actual thing is that LinkedIn can send your contacts invitation emails followed by reminder emails and this is the last thing we want. Why? Because this makes us look like needy users who just want their invitations to be accepted and wont take any hints.

This is what is bringing on the upcoming lawsuit on the company as District Judge in San Jose, California has ruled that these repeat emails create the risk of injuring users’ reputations. Some members on the professional site have also sued the company for this and US District Judge Lucy H. Koh in San Jose that these members can continue to press for their damages against the revenue LinkedIn made using their email address contacts.

A lawsuit is most likely and suing the company is also quite an obvious reaction because the site apparently doesn't include any disclosures about sending multiple invitations to contacts. The company might just be in a lot of trouble because their actions have also violated California's right of publicity, which protects against the use of someone's name for commercial purposes without consent.

source: linkedinclassaction

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