Judge orders LinkedIn to stop blocking data-scraping firm
August 15, 2017
Updated: August 15, 2017 10:47am
FILE – In this Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, file photo, the LinkedIn logo is displayed during a product announcement in San Francisco. On Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, a federal judge ordered LinkedIn to stop blocking startup firm hiQ Labs, Inc. from scraping LinkedIn personal profiles for data.
FILE – In this Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, file photo, the LinkedIn…
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge in San Francisco has ordered LinkedIn to stop blocking a startup company from scraping LinkedIn personal profiles for data.
LinkedIn, which is a part of Microsoft, says it may challenge the ruling.
LinkedIn spokeswoman Nicole Leverich says “we will continue to fight to protect our members’ ability to control the information they make available on LinkedIn.”
Many companies also oppose data scrapping in favor of licensing data for a fee.
In a statement, hiQ said the company “believes that public data must remain public” and that big companies shouldn’t stifle innovation by hoarding public data.