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LinkedIn Faces Italian Probe Following User Data Scraping

  • Data scraping follows leak of Facebook user data last weekend
  • Irish regulator is top EU data watchdog for Facebook, LinkedIn

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Microsoft Corp.’s LinkedIn faces a probe by the Italian privacy watchdog after reports that the personal data of some 500 million users was scraped off the platform and posted online.

The Italian authority said in a statement late Thursday that it started an investigation following “the dissemination of user data, including IDs, full names, email addresses, telephone numbers.”