Judge Rules in Favor of hiQ – LinkedIn Can’t Block Startup from Scraping Public Profile Data

Judge Rules in Favor of hiQ – LinkedIn Can’t Block Startup from Scraping Public Profile Data

A federal judge issued a huge setback for LinkedIn on Monday, ruling that LinkedIn can’t block the startup hiQ Labs from accessing public profile data. Many news outlets were calling this a test for the social media conglomerate in how much control it can exercise over data on its users and what it’s believed to be public. The primary question in this case, can a social media site control access to information its users post publicly?