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Microsoft ordered to let third parties scrape LinkedIn data


The Wall Street Journal reports that the ruling is part of a lawsuit brought by Hiq Labs, a startup that analyzes Linkedin data to estimate whether workers are likely to leave their jobs.


LinkedIn previously ordered hiQ Labs to stop scraping its data, and the startup fired back with a lawsuit.


A US District Judge has granted hiQ Labs with a preliminary injunction that provides access to LinkedIn data.


LinkedIn tried to argue that hiQ Labs violated the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act by scraping data.


The judge raised concerns around LinkedIn “unfairly leveraging its power in the professional networking market for an anticompetitive purpose,” and compared LinkedIn’s argument to allowing website owners to “block access by individuals or groups on the basis of race or gender discrimination.”




READ MORE (The Verge)


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  • US judge says LinkedIn cannot block startup from public profile dataThe Daily Star
  • Judge orders LinkedIn to unblock startup from scraping public profile data: ReportZDNet
  • hiQ wins preliminary injunction to scrape LinkedIn's dataOnMSFT (blog)
  • Microsoft's LinkedIn told to stop hogging its data and let third parties inThe INQUIRER
  • Judge Tells LinkedIn It Cannot Stop Third Parties From Collecting Profile DataExpressNewsline
  • HiQ wins court round against LinkedInSan Francisco Chronicle
  • Judge says LinkedIn can't block startup from user's public dataThe Hill


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