A U.S. judge has ruled LinkedIn must allow talent management startup HiQ Labs to scrape public profile data, ZDNet reports. LinkedIn told HiQ to cease scraping its site, as the action violated its terms and conditions. LinkedIn claimed to have implemented technological measures to stop HiQ from continuing its data scraping, while adding the startup would be violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act if it attempted to bypass those protections. HiQ uses publicly available “people data” to train AI models to predict employee behavior. U.S. Judge Edward Chen ruled LinkedIn’s “broad interpretation” of the CFAA “could profoundly impact open access to the internet, a result that Congress could not have intended when it enacted the CFAA over three decades ago.”
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