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Linkedin Class Action

Linkedin Class Action

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ATTORNEYSFORPLAINTIFFANDTHEPUTATIVECLASS
UNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTNORTHERNDISTRICTOFCALIFORNIA
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Plaintiff,
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1750;(3)BreachofContract;(4)BreachoftheImpliedCovenantofGoodFaithandFairDealing;(5)BreachofImpliedContracts;(6)Negligence;(7)NegligencePerSe;
LINKEDlNCORPORATION,aDelawarecorporation,
CLASSACTIONCOMPLAINT
 
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WhilesomesecuritythreatsareunavoidableinarapidlydevelopingPlaintiffKatieSzpyrka,byandthroughherattorneys,uponpersonalknowledgeasto2herselfandherownacts,anduponinformationandbeliefastoallothermatters,allegesas3follows:4
NATUREOFTHEACTION
1.
PlaintiffKatieSzpyrkabringsthisclassactioncomplaintagainstLinkedIn6Corporation("LinkedIn")forfailingtoproperlysafeguarditsusers'digitallystored7personallyidentifiableinformation("Pll"),includinge-mailaddresses,passwords,andlogin8credentials.LinkedInviolateditsownUserAgreementandPrivacyPolicybyfailingto9utilizelong-standingindustrystandardprotocolsandtechnologytoprotectPlaintiffandthe10Classmembers'Pll.
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2.LinkedlnisanInternetcompanythatownsandoperatesthewebsite12www.Linkedln.com-asocialnetworkingwebsitewithover120millionregisteredusers13worldwide.
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3.ThroughitsPrivacyPolicy,LinkedInpromisesitsusersthat"[ajllinformation15that[they)provide[toLinkedIn]willbeprotectedwithindustrystandardsprotocolsand16technology,"!Indirectcontradictiontothispromise,Linkedlnfailedtocomplywithbasic17industrystandardsbymaintainingmillionsofusers'Pllinitsservers'databasesinaweak18encryptionformat,andwithoutimplementingothercrucialsecuritymeasures.194.Sometimethisyear,hackersinfiltratedLinkedIn'sserversandaccessed20database(s)containingitsusers'Pll,Afterretrievingthisdata,thehackerspubliclyposted21over6millionLinkedInusers'passwordsonline.BecauseLinkedInusedinsufficient22encryptionmethodstosecuretheuserdata,hackerswereabletoeasilydecipheralarge23numberofthepasswords.24
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DefendantLinkedlnCorporationisacorporationincorporatedandexistingtechnologicalenvironment,Linkedln'sfailuretocomplywithlongstandingindustry2standardencryptionprotocolsjeopardizeditsusers'Pll,anddiminishedthevalueofthe3servicesprovidedbyDefendant-asguaranteedbyitsowncontractualterms.
4PARTIES
6.PlaintiffKatieSzpyrkaisanaturalpersonandresidentoftheStateofIllinois.6PlaintiffisaregistereduserofLinkedln'sservices.
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8underthelawsoftheStateofDelaware,withitsprincipalplaceofbusinessat2029Stierlin9Court,MountainView,California94043.
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doesbusinessthroughouttheStateof10CaliforniaandtheUnitedStates.
11JURISDICTIONANDVENUE
128.ThisCourthasoriginaljurisdictionoverthisactionpursuantto28U.S.C.
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§1331.TheCourtalsohassubjectmatterjurisdictionpursuantto§1332(d),because(a)at14leastonememberoftheputativeclassisacitizenofastatedifferentfromDefendant,(b)the15amountincontroversyexceeds$5,000,000.00,exclusiveofinterestandcosts,and(c)noneof16theexceptionsunderthesubsectionapplytothisaction.
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VenueisproperinthisDistrictunder28U.S.c.§1391(a)becauseDefendant18maintainsitsheadquartersandprincipalplaceofbusinessinthisDistrictandasubstantial19partoftheeventsgivingrisetoPlaintiffsComplaintoccurredinthisDistrict.20
FACTUALBACKGROUND
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Linkedln's
websitestatesthatit"operatestheworld'slargestprofessional0.22networkontheInternetwithmorethan120millionmembersinover200countriesand23territories[and]representsavaluabledemographicformarketerswithanaffluent&24influential
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Linkedln"AboutUs,"http://press.linkedin.com/about(lastvisitedJune12,2012).
CLASSACTIONCOMPLAINT

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