A UK-based recruitment website focusing specifically on the technology industry has somehow obtained a copy of LinkedIn's public profile database and are hosting it on their own website as if it were their own data. The information in question is a copy and is not sourced live; as such, when information on LinkedIn is edited, the data on this website does not change.

After editing my LinkedIn profile last year to make it private and to hide information that could be used to identify and locate me (something I want to go to all lengths to avoid), I found this website carrying a copy of my profile as it once appeared on LinkedIn. The website in question appears to have been started around May of this year – 2017 – so it is anyone's guess where this LinkedIn data came from, but it is absolutely out-of-date, as it shows information I specifically went out of my way to hide.

I have made repeated attempts to contact this company, but they are making a point of ignoring my emails, going as far as to place a mandate to create an account in order to view profiles (I believe to throw me off the scent). I have sent the ICO several emails but they are not responding. I have spoken to the people hosting the website in an attempt to go over the heads of the management, who clearly do not care, but have not heard anything back so far.

As I understand it this is a gross invasion of my privacy. I never gave the website or company in question my personal information, but they are hosting it regardless as if they have my consent. I have made it clear to them in the emails they have ignored that they do not. As I understand it, I have a right under the Data Protection Act to demand these people remove the data they have on me, but even so, I do not know what my next avenue should be.

My question is – is there anything I can do to get them to listen without having to hire a solicitor and take this to court?

  • What is the URL of the UK-based site? – BlueDogRanch Jul 7 '17 at 22:25
  • I'm sure it's fine, but I'm going to hold off on naming and shaming them publicly until someone law-affiliated (which may be yourself?) makes it clear I'm not doing anything unlawful in doing so. Although the story above is absolutely true, I worry that it might constitute slander or something. – seagull Jul 7 '17 at 23:04
  • "Law-affiliated?" Read the yellow right hand sidebar on this page; site users are not to give or solicit legal advice; users would be foolish to use this site as legal advice, and a user would be breaking the law by acting as lawyer. If that site has copied LinkedIn as provable fact, truth is a defense to a charge of defamation (though libel thresholds are lower in UK than US). The reason to give the URL is to look at the site TOS, check if LinkedIn has taken legal action against the site, etc. Besides, your profile has no personal information in it; you're essentially anonymous here. – BlueDogRanch Jul 8 '17 at 2:47
  • Understood. The site in question is www.geektech.com; the copy of LinkedIn is www.gocareer.io. They require you to have a free account to view user profiles, but they're all there. – seagull Jul 8 '17 at 11:16

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