LinkedIn's Reference Reports Violate FCRA, Suit Says

By David Siegel (October 10, 2014, 3:09 PM EDT) -- LinkedIn Corp. was hit with a proposed class action Thursday in California federal court, alleging that the "trusted reference" reports offered through the 300 million-member professional social network don't comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act's certification and disclosure requirements.

The complaint filed on behalf of plaintiff Tracee Sweet and others claims that by offering the reports, LinkedIn is required to comply with the same standards mandated by the FCRA for credit reporting agencies who furnish consumer reports for employment purposes. The plaintiffs say LinkedIn has failed to maintain reasonable procedures to limit the furnishing of consumer reports containing inaccurate information...

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