The Supreme Court gives LinkedIn another opportunity to ban data deletion
A few years ago, Connect was told by a U.S. judge that it would not prevent opponents like HiQ Labs from taking their information. But on Monday, the The United States Supreme Court overturned the decision, and reintroduce it to the 9th Appeal Area.
This is due to a soon June 4 election which banned the proliferation of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, an anti-fraud law that prohibited access to computers without a license. In its decision, the Supreme Court ruled that a person could not be liable for the use of information if he or she had a license to use the computer in question.
It all started in 2017 when LinkedIn criticized hiQ for deleting the LinkedIn government profile. hiQ can use the same to create algorithms that can determine when employees can resign. LinkedIn said hiQ violated the above antitrust law, while hiQ criticized LinkedIn for the controversy. hiQ sued LinkedIn, stating that public information should remain public.
As mentioned, the 9th Circuit of Appeals in the US has blocked LinkedIn from closing hiQ, claiming that this rule does not apply when data is already in public. Since then, however, LinkedIn has given its ruling to the Supreme Court that hiQ bots can harvest more at a rate beyond what a person can do. In addition, some of what happened was set up for sale.
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