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LinkedIn Hacking Suit Goes to Judge With Internet Focus

A lawsuit alleging LinkedIn Corp. hacked into subscriber e-mail contacts without their consent was assigned to U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh in San Jose, California, who is known for what Google Inc. called her “novel” approach to Internet privacy.

Koh has been critical of the argument by companies accused of privacy violations that they properly disclosed to customers that their private information would be used.

David Straite, an attorney with Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP, said Koh’s ruling in the Google case, that customers deserve clear and explicit explanations of how their information will be used, may help LinkedIn plaintiffs prove their hacking accusations, which the company has denied.

Google has asked Koh to let it appeal her ruling in that case. Koh’s assignment to the LinkedIn case was disclosed in an Oct. 18 court order.

The LinkedIn case is Perkins v. LinkedIn Corp., 13-cv-04303, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Jose).

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