Court Sides With LinkedIn in Data Scraping Lawsuit vs. hiQ Labs

The case began nearly 6 years ago

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LinkedIn emerged victorious in a nearly six-year-old lawsuit against hiQ Labs for data scraping.

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled in favor of the professional network, with Judge Edward Chen writing, “hiQ relied on LinkedIn for its data primarily by scraping wholly public LinkedIn profiles using automated software. hiQ had continuously attempted to circumvent LinkedIn’s general technical defenses since May 2014. It experimented and attempted to reverse engineer LinkedIn’s systems and to avoid detection by simulating human site-access behaviors.

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