extracting publicly available data from the site is not illegal

The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in the hiQ Labs, Inc. case. v. LinkedIn Corp. that LinkedIn cannot prevent its hiQ Labs from extracting publicly available data from professional social network users from LinkedIn.

This case has been dragging on for almost five years. In 2017, LinkedIn demanded that hiQ stop collecting data from LinkedIn. LinkedIn has also begun blocking access to hiQ Labs to prevent data collection from public LinkedIn profiles. LinkedIn claimed that hiQ Labs’ actions violated several laws, most notably the U.S. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) and LinkedIn’s Terms of Use.

Courts have ruled for five years that LinkedIn cannot block hiQ Labs. In 2019, the Federal Court of Appeals ruled that LinkedIn could not prevent “scraping” of data, and Judge Marsha Berzon said that “there is little evidence that LinkedIn users who choose to make their profiles public expect privacy in terms of information. which they make public ”.

LinkedIn, however, did not give up. The company filed an appeal with the US Supreme Court, but since the decision of this court from 2021 in another case was that the federal law on computer crime does not incriminate the extraction of publicly available internet information, the case was returned to the appellate court.

LinkedIn has no intention of dropping the case. In a statement, a LinkedIn spokesman said they were disappointed with the court’s decision. This is a preliminary decision and the case is far from over. “

“We will continue to fight to protect our members’ ability to control the information they make available on LinkedIn. “When your data is taken without permission and used in ways that you did not agree to, that is not right,” a company spokesman said.

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