Don't Let Personally Identifiable Online Information Be Used Against You
LinkedIn faced a dilemma last month. A hacker on the dark web offered up the personal details of 700 million users of the popular social networking application—employment histories, email addresses, comments on posts, and the geolocation records attached to all of them.
But LinkedIn didn’t respond to this revelation as if the information came from a data breach, leak, or hack. Instead, the online service simply pointed to the fact that the details included information that LinkedIn users added to their own profiles. “We want to be clear that this is not a data breach and no private member data was exposed,” LinkedIn said in an update. “Our initial investigation has found that this data was scraped from LinkedIn and other various websites, [which] violates LinkedIn terms of service.”
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