The settlement applies to all those that were LinkedIn members between the dates of September 17, 2011, and October 31, 2014. Those members also needed to have used the “Add Connections” function, which allows others to import their email contacts list. From there, invitations can be sent on LinkedIn to connect the two members.
The lawsuit then states that LinkedIn repeatedly “spammed” those email address owners if they didn’t respond to the invitation emails. Upon lack of response, they would then send two reminder emails without the consent of the user and this would happen for every invitation that wasn’t acknowledged.
Any LinkedIn users who opted to use the “Add Connections” function never gave consent for the multiple follow-up emails. This, in turn, has led to the lawsuit that LinkedIn ended up settling for $13 million and it could lead to $1,500 (or less) for those users.
As VOX reported, the federal court found those emails to be even more than actual spam. They were indeed found to be illegal abuse of tens of millions of Americans’ inboxes. The lawsuit points out that the company simply went far beyond just reaching out.
“LinkedIn, without consent, downloads and indefinitely stores email addresses gathered from its members’ third-party email accounts. Not only does LinkedIn send an initial email to the email addresses obtained from a user’s external email account, but LinkedIn sends two additional emails to those addresses when those users do not sign up for a LinkedIn account.”
Jeff Weiner, the CEO of LinkedIn, hasn’t released a statement, but the settlement pretty much shows that the company realizes it was easier to go this route than fight it. LinkedIn has still denied any wrongdoing in the entire situation.
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