Today’s linkedin has become more of a social media platform where either people are boasting about everything or telling something super motivational without context.
But apart from this, it also has a very good about section for an individual where the same can update about his/her academic, professional life along with achievements. People willingly update their profile with good relevant data because this allows them to showcase their talent and skills which ultimately connects them with recruiters giving them a chance to better opportunities. Now they made this data public so that anyone can ease it making it sort of an online resume. I have seen some enthusiasts developers make a complete short website/webpage for the same, but since not everyone has the skills/time/need, linkedin about section is a very good platform to do so.
Coming to the main question, does that make it users data, or linkedin’s? And if it is users data which is publically available on web, why it’s wrong to scrape/access it?
While talking about accessing data, I am considering the scenarios where anyone can use this data to make better services/tools to give relevant people with better opportunities(because lets face it, job section of linkedin is almost irrelevant), atlast it is what an individual want.
Comments which I got:
I had a strong opinion that the data is public and anyone can access it freely. But this is a grey area on how the data is being used, and if the user knows about it or not. Ethically I would say, crowd does not have face or identity. If data is analysed to gain insights or general trends of a large population and not used to target individuals until they ask for the service then its fair because analytics is necessary for many tasks and is being done widely on different types of user data without their knowledge. After I got others views, I guess linkedin’s about section is also a service which they are providing and user while using the service accepts it TnC(without reading ofcourse) so linkedIn claiming its their data may have a point.
There is a similar legal case regarding this question.
Do leave your comments on what you feel.