Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against LinkedIn

Filed as News on June 20, 2012 1:00 pm

LinkedIn SuedSince going public LinkedIn has managed to record record profits, grow quarterly and attract millions of new users. Unfortunately the company has also failed to live up to security measures which has led to a $5 million class action lawsuit.

Last month 6 million user passwords were leaked to a Russian website and the company has been hit with several phishing scams.

The full lawsuit was uploaded to Scribd by the user jeff_roberts881 and was filed by Katie Szpyrka “on behalf of all others similarly situated” against the “LinkedIn Corporation.”

The lawsuit specifically addresses LinkedIn’s inability to protect email addresses, passwords and login credentials. The lawsuit claims that the lack of security is in direction violation of LinkedIn’s own “User Agreement and Privacy Policy.”

At the heart of the argument will be the fact that LinkedIn did not implement better security, for example LinkedIn’s passwords were hashed which is a more basic form of encryption and obscuring. LinkedIn should have been used salted password techniques to better protect user information.

You can read more about the case at Courthouse News Service.

Do you think LinkedIn deserves to be sued based on its poor lack of security protocol implementation?

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