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LinkedIn will pay $13 million to settle suit over those annoying emails
Were you an unwitting LinkedIn spammer? Here’s how to get your settlement money.
Instead, the LinkedIn settlement deals with those pesky follow-up emails— the ones that remind you so-and-so’s invitation is awaiting your response. The company refers to this annoyance as its Add Connections feature. The court found that, while users did consent to an initial email, they did not consent to the deluge of follow-ups.
It’s these emails that led LinkedIn to agree to pay $13 million to users whose names and images were used in the messages. (No compensation will be awarded to the individuals who were bombarded by the emails—people who don’t use LinkedIn.) LinkedIn users who had accounts between September 2011 and October 2014 will likely qualify to receive a payout from the social media company.
But instead of eliminating the reminder emails, which pushed people who didn’t use LinkedIn to sign up for an account, LinkedIn will instead notify users the follow-up emails will be sent and continue sending them.
In a statement to Business Insider, LinkedIn focused on its victory that at least the initial emails were consensual:
The settlement has yet to be approved by the court, but LinkedIn has set up a website for users with information on the suit. If you were an unwitting source of LinkedIn spam, the deadline to submit a claim is Dec. 14.
Kate Conger is a politics and cybersecurity journalist who currently writes for Gizmodo. Her work has previously appeared in BuzzFeed, Digital Trends, Real Clear Politics, San Francisco Examiner, and elsewhere. Together with Dell Cameron, she won the Society of Professional Journalists' award for Best Scoop in 2017 for a report on the leak of data about 200 million American voters.