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LinkedIn Sued, But Uploading Address Book Rarely a Good Idea

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Msg#: 4627479 posted 11:11 am on Sep 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

LinkedIn Customers Allege Company Hacked E-Mail Addresses

LinkedIn Corp. (LNKD), owner of the world’s most popular professional-networking website, was sued by customers who claim the company appropriated their identities for marketing purposes by hacking into their external e-mail accounts and downloading contacts’ addresses.

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.


Most people are too lazy to read what's on a page before they click a "YES, I'M LAZY, DO IT AUTOMATICALLY FOR ME" button.

Maybe there's a need a browser plugin that puts up a alert if there are any pre-checked "Opt-in" check boxes on a page.

But greedy marketing types will just change the wording:

[__] Check here if you don't not want to not do this.


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