PEOPLE LINKING SYSTEM Linkedin has denied allegations that it hacked its users' email accounts.
The firm has responded to a class action lawsuit. It said that the accusations are baseless.
Linkedin senior director of litigation Blake Lawit wrote a blog post entitled "Setting the Record Straight on False Accusations".
Lawit said that the accusations in the lawsuit complaint are "not true". He wrote, "As you may have read recently, a class action lawsuit was filed against LinkedIn last week. The lawsuit alleges that we 'break into' the email accounts of our members who choose to upload their email address books to Linkedin."
"Quite simply, this is not true, and with so much misinformation out there, we wanted to clear up a few things for our members."
What Lawit wanted to clear up were several things, including suggestions that Linkedin nips into user email accounts, impersonates its users, or enables spamming.
"We do not access your email account without your permission. Claims that we 'hack' or 'break into' members' accounts are false," he said.
"We never deceive you by 'pretending to be you' in order to access your email account. We never send messages or invitations to join Linkedin on your behalf to anyone unless you have given us permission to do so."
These statements do not tally with the allegations that we understand are in the lawsuit. A report at Bloomberg said that one plaintiff complained that he unwittingly sent 200 messages to people through the website.
Lawit said that press reports are misleading and told members that Linkedin has their best interests at heart. "As we've said before, our core value at Linkedin is Members First. This guides all the decisions that we make when it comes to our members, including how we communicate with them and how we use their data," he added.
"That's why we felt we needed to explain we believe that the claims in this lawsuit are without merit, and we wanted to correct the false accusations and misleading headlines."
The lawsuit was filed in US District Court in San Jose, California. µ
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