U.S. Court Allows Scraping of LinkedIn Public Profiles

Why compile B2B data when you can just grab it from LinkedIn? That was the logic behind hiQ Labs’ business, which does analytics based on the public portion of LinkedIn profiles. LinkedIn sued to stop them, citing anti-hacking laws, but, a U.S. District Court ruled in hiQ’s favor. The basic logic was that anything not protected by a password is fair game. Expect an appeal.