Third parties to scrape LinkedIn data, orders Microsoft

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Recently, a judge has ruled that the company Microsoft’ s LinkedIn networks must allow a third-party company to scrape all the data posted publicly by the users of LinkedIn. A report by Wall Street Journal claims that the ruling made by the judge is part of a lawsuit brought out by hiQ Labs. This is a young startup which works to analyse the data of LinkedIn to estimate whether their workers are likely to leave jobs or not. hiQ was previously ordered by Linkedln to stop with the scraping of its data, so the startup hit back with a raging lawsuit.

The US District judge, for now, has granted the hiQ Labs with a preliminary injunction. This injunction provides access to data collected by LinkedIn. The latter company obviously argued by stating the hiQ labs have violated the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. They say that it was violated by scraping data. The judge has shown concern by saying “unfairly leveraging its power in the professional networking market for an anticompetitive purpose,” about LinkedIn. The judge even studied LinkedIn’s argument and has conveyed the website owners to “block access by individuals or groups on the basis of race or gender discrimination.”

LinkedIn was saying that they were very “disappointed in the court’s ruling, and this case is not over. We will continue to fight to protect our members’ ability to control the information they make available on LinkedIn.” The data from this company is an important factor of the site and is one of the main reasons behind the acquisition by Microsoft by this social networking site for $26 billion around last year. Garnering more than 400 million members which involve 2 million paid subscribers, LinkedIn is paving a very lucrative treasure for Microsoft and other companies who are waiting to get their hands on the information provided by the mentioned company.

Let us see what the results are, which one gets the upper hand. We will keep you updated about every hearing and move on this matter of concern. Please feel free to share your viewpoints about this by leaving a comment in the comment box down below or by emailing it to us. We would love to read them.

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