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LinkedIn was sued by its customers who claim company used their identities by hacking into external e-mail accounts and downloading contacts’ addresses.

According to the Four LinkedIn users who claim on company—LinkedIn used their Email addresses and spamming their contacts with repeated invitations to join the service.

The customers, who aim to lead a group suit against LinkedIn, asked a federal judge in San Jose, California, to bar the company from repeating the alleged violations and to force it to return any revenue stemming from its use of their identities to promote the site to non-members, according to a court filing.

“LinkedIn’s own website contains hundreds of complaints regarding this practice,” they said in the complaint filed Sept. 17, which also seeks unspecified damages.

LinkedIn replied in a Blog Post:

This is not true, and with so much misinformation out there, we wanted to clear up a few things for our members.

  • We do not access your email account without your permission. Claims that we “hack” or “break into” members’ accounts are false.
  • We never deceive you by “pretending to be you” in order to access your email account.
  • We never send messages or invitations to join LinkedIn on your behalf to anyone unless you have given us permission to do so.

LinkedIn is said to be the largest online professional network with more than 238 million members.

VIABloomBerg|NyTimes

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