So, here's what that LinkedIn lawsuit has to do with you
We’re all used to deleting the same emails over and over. When you hang out on the Internet, you end up on a lost of lists for newsletters or brands that most of us either delete or ignore. But when it comes to LinkedIn, they might have taken their emails a bit too far. That’s what this 2013 lawsuit from California is all about. So, if you’ve received a “legal notice” about LinkedIn, here’s what you and your LinkedIn profile might have to do with it.
The whole issue stems from a feature the website has called “Add Connections.” By importing your personal contacts, LinkedIn would send out emails inviting them to connect with you. That’s all a-okay. What users didn’t agree to were the two subsequent emails LinkedIn would send if they didn’t hear from the contact within a certain time frame. Even worse, a good number of these contacts thought these invites were coming from the user, rather than the system, making it seem like you were a liiiittle bit too eager to connect with that person you had Psych 101 with.
So now here we are. If you’re like me, LinkedIn emails have just become par for the course and you didn’t even realize this was going on But if you used the Add Connections feature, and were a little put off by its methods, you can get a chunk of the settlement. In the settlement notification email sent out by the website (yes, another email), they included a personal settlement ID number. This is the number you can use to file a claim.
Before you start jumping for joy, nobody is expecting those who file claims to receive astronomical sums. While the $13 million lawsuit sounds like a lot, each claim will only receive a small chunk. However, if that chunk is any less than $10 apiece, LinkedIn has agreed to tack on an additional $750,000 to the overall settlement so that individual sum gets a little more padding.
Just FYI, if you file a claim, you have to be able to prove that you were a part of the Add Connections program between September 17, 2011 and October 31, 2014. Otherwise, it’s perjury. Oof.
No matter what, this could mean fewer emails in your inbox. However, it still won’t do anything about the fact that your parents just discovered memes and keep sending them to you. You win some, you lose some.
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