appears that LinkedIn plays fast and loose with user data.
Last week, four users filed suit against the professional networking service in San Jose federal court. They accused the company of accessing their email accounts without permission and harvesting the addresses of everyone they have ever emailed in order to send out unwanted invitations to join the service.Heh.
The lawsuit, which is seeking unspecified damages, has seen an outpouring of public interest. Many users don't think LinkedIn does a good enough job getting their explicit consent to access that information.