Four individuals have reportedly sued professional network pioneer, LinkedIn saying that their accounts were hacked by the site for sending invitations to their friends.
Violation of California privacy laws and the federal wiretap law were the main allegations in the lawsuit filed by the plaintiffs.
It was alleged that there was no clarity about the site’s demand for user emails as it does not mention that it will use them for sending as many as three invitations.
A report in Huffington post says that Larry Russ, the attorney for the plaintiffs, argued that there have been a lot of complaints about LinkedIn emails in the past and this lawsuit is particularly aimed at the site’s unhealthy marketing practices which have drawn public outrage.
It is being said that the plaintiffs will seek class-action status, hoping that they will be defined as those members who had joined the site before May 15 2013 and whose identity was used by the site for the endorsement emails.
The report also quoted that the lawsuit claims that it is an unlawful practise to send advertising emails claiming the user to be an endorser for LinkedIn and should therefore be banned straight away.
Doug Madey, spokesperson for LinkedIn has on the other hand, dismissed this issue stating that his company is always bent upon being transparent regarding the protection and utilization of the data of its members. He also added that the company will fight the lawsuit which is completely meritless in its claims.