LinkedIn has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on its legal battle with hiQ Labs, a data-mining company that scrapes the professional networking website for publicly available information about its users.
LinkedIn’s lawyers at Munger, Tolles & Olson and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe filed the company’s writ for a petition of certiorari with the court Monday arguing that its case against hiQ presents a “question of fundamental importance” about whether a federal computer trespassing law protects public-facing websites like itself from companies that use software bots to collect and repurpose the personal data of users.
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