LinkedIn loses appeal over access to user profiles

Bank of America / Product Quacky
Sep 10 12 Comments

What is this crap?
"The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals let stand an August 2017 preliminary injunction that required LinkedIn, a Microsoft Corp unit with more than 645 million members, to give hiQ Labs Inc access to publicly available member profiles."

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-microsoft-linkedin-profiles-idUSKCN1VU21W

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  • Twitter jkkugdyh
    That’s a good ruling from the courts
    Sep 10 0
  • SolarWinds AnEngineer
    Makes sense to me. If you want your data to be private, make it private. If you post it publicly don't whine when some people use machines to slurp it up.
    Sep 10 2
    • Bank of America / Product Quacky
      OP
      In my mind it's no different than a restaurant refusing service to someone
      Sep 10
    • MassMutual / Eng
      NkOS62

      MassMutual Eng

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      In my mind it's like Costco whining about you taking 3 free sample saussages instead of the whole tray.
      Sep 10
  • Panasonic Avionics / Sales
    Goldfoil

    Panasonic Avionics Sales

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    I do sales. I sell stuff. It’s what I do.
    Goldfoilmore
    Doesn’t google do the same thing?
    Sep 10 0
  • LinkedIn 3GF
    This is bullshit. Put LinkedIn aside and consider the impact of this ruling on other companies that had an innovative idea to collect and share non-copyright information on internet for public . Companies like IMDb, craigslist or Wikipedia (it’s a pretty long list)
    With this ruling it’s totally legal to say, I have Craigslist data for sale (ironically on Craigslist itself).
    Sep 12 6
    • LinkedIn 3GF
      Google is beneficial for us as far as I know because of SEO and SEM. Serving this data is costly and we have to pay if people scraping these assets.
      The issue is LinkedIn were creative to be one of the first company to collect these data and provide other values to our members.
      You might be skeptical about LinkedIn because of all the fiasco related to social media.
      Think about Craigslist do you think it’s fair to them that someone sells their data? And some other rich company buy this data (or scrape it) and create an interface and with better marketing destroying Craigslist business?
      Sep 12
    • SolarWinds AnEngineer
      No one is stealing LinkedIn data and making a LinkedIn clone. They're aggregating data LinkedIn is making public and using it to answer questions LinkedIn isn't answering. If you have a problem with that then improve your anti bot protection.
      Sep 12
    • LinkedIn 3GF
      The ruling was we should not block HiQ at all. As far as I know it meant we have to whitelist them. I think other companies can sue us to get whitelisted, so antibot will not work.
      Sep 13
    • SolarWinds AnEngineer
      Nonsense. Captchas aren't illegal
      Sep 13
    • LinkedIn 3GF
      Lol, I know we had to whitelist HiQ :)
      That’s why I said it’s BS in the first comment
      Sep 13

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