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The Wall Street Journal: LinkedIn ordered to allow startup to scrape its public user data

A federal judge on Monday ordered LinkedIn Corp. to allow a startup company to scrape data publicly posted by LinkedIn users.

The decision marked a potentially precedent-setting defeat for the Microsoft Corp. MSFT, +1.50% -owned social-networking site in a case with deep implications for the growing industry of data analytics.

The ruling came in a lawsuit brought by hiQ Labs, a San Francisco company founded in 2012 that mines and analyzes publicly available personal data on LinkedIn to predict whether individual employees are likely to leave their jobs. HiQ sued LinkedIn in June after LinkedIn ordered hiQ to stop accessing its site and accused the startup of violating a federal antihacking law.

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