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LinkedIn Responds To Email-Grabbing Suit
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10/7/2013 | 6:30:48 AM
re: LinkedIn Responds To Email-Grabbing Suit
The secret harvesting of email contacts, particularly from mobile devices is very much rooted in fact. I access LI almost exclusively from an android tablet; naturally, I use gmail. Oddly enough, w/o having given any authorization, my contacts appear in the LI app as networking suggestions. Suffice to say, not all of these contacts are desirable candidates for profl networking endeavors, and, now thanks to LIs disregard for my privacy, these contacts were sent connection invitations not once, but twice. LI has a lot to answer for now that it is the belle of the Dow Jones ball.
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9/24/2013 | 6:09:28 PM
re: LinkedIn Responds To Email-Grabbing Suit
I believe LinkedIn uses "Big Data" to come up with a list of contacts you may know, analyzing several components from your profile and authorized contact lists. If unauthorized e-mail access is a part of it that's disappointing, but I'm of the mindset that with enough analytic power they could come up with a similar contact list anyway.

Does anyone have any examples of when a grossly out-of-network acquaintance was contacted on their behalf by LinkedIn?
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9/24/2013 | 4:58:29 PM
re: LinkedIn Responds To Email-Grabbing Suit
I can't speak to whether LinkedIn is harvesting my email address book, but I've been getting some funky emails from the company recently. One said that a colleague had updated his LinkedIn profile with new skills, and when I asked him about those skills, he said he had done no such updating.


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