LinkedIn Isn't A Consumer Reporting Agency, Judge Rules

Law360, New York (April 16, 2015, 2:58 PM EDT) -- LinkedIn Corp. didn't violate the Fair Credit Reporting Act with an online feature that allows businesses to check prospective employees' references without the applicants' knowledge, according to a California federal judge who granted the company's motion to dismiss a proposed class action on Tuesday.

Judge Paul S. Grewal said the reference searches can't be considered "consumer reports" under the law and agreed with LinkedIn's argument that it wasn't acting as a "consumer reporting agency" because the plaintiffs had voluntarily provided their information for the express purpose of being published online.

"As LinkedIn notes, the facts alleged in plaintiffs' complaint therefore support...

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