Wednesday , November 25 2020

LinkedIn uses 18 million email messages illegally: report



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LinkedIn is in a scandal about the illegal use of emails by its users.

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LinkedIn would violate European data protection law after receiving 18 million email addresses that were not part of the social network to use them as segmented Facebook advertising purposes. According to TechCrunch, the report submitted by the Irish Privacy Commissioner (DCP for an acronym in English) concludes that the social network has implemented these practices by May 2018.

According to the report, LinkedIn has admitted to using email addresses to make more users log on to their platform from other sites like Facebook, but says they have already stopped these practices. However, the study shows that the goal is not just that.

According to the DCP report, LinkedIn would also use the addresses of European users to send customized advertising and even apply their social graphing algorithms to create and offer professional user networks.

Obviously, the company stops these practices and apologizes, promising that "this will not happen again." The company has removed all personal data and was exempt from a fine linked to the new European Data Protection Act (GDPR), as the investigation was before the law was passed in May 2018.


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