A court case in California has potentially huge ramifications for executives considering new roles. It’s widely acknowledged that an update to a LinkedIn profile may be a sign that someone is getting “itchy feet”. What is not widely known is that tools exist that monitor LinkedIn for exactly that type of information with a view to providing intelligence to employers. LinkedIN has been in court arguing that they can limit access to information provided on the social network site but – as this article explains – they’ve lost round one and have been told to stop taking measures to protect biographical information on the site.
The fight goes on. For now though, information on LinkedIn is being scraped, monitored and analysed 24x7. That’s why executives are turning to sites like GatedTalent; private networks that allow them to share information with trusted search firms – and no one else!
A Judge ruled LinkedIn didn’t own the data to such a degree that it had the right to prevent HiQ from compiling it. The court also ordered the social network to remove any technological impediments (things like IP blockers and bot blocking software) preventing HiQ from doing so.