LinkedIn Accused of Providing Historical Employment Information Without Members’ Consent

By on October 14, 2014

A class-action lawsuit was filed against professional social network company LinkedIn for allegedly violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) with its job reference tool.

LinkedIn provides premium subscribers, including employers, access to its job reference tool which reports various data on members including their employment history.

The FCRA requires that a person receives notice when a consumer report is used to deny his or her application for employment, insurance, or credit. Also, that person’s consent is required prior to potential employers obtaining a report from a reporting agency.

The lawsuit claims that LinkedIn is a consumer reporting agency and, consequently, that it is subject to the FCRA.  Plaintiffs are seeking statutory and actual damages.

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