A Judge’s Curious Ruling in the LinkedIn-hiQ Labs Case Could Let Bad Bots Run Amok

Opinion: Judge Edward Chen’s ruling sent a chill through those of us in the cybersecurity industry devoted to fighting web-scraping bots

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If you’re like most of the 500 million LinkedIn users, you probably spend a few hours per week on the site reading articles, seeing what your professional pals are up to and, perhaps, networking for a new job.

Now imagine if a company that you’ve never heard of used automated bots to download your public profile (viewable via search engines such as Google), analyzed it to identify behavioral signals that you’re job shopping and warned your employer.

That’s

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