LinkedIn, Procera Boost Internet Freedom Efforts

Companies are working with Global Network Initiative on Internet freedom.

The LinkedIn logo is displayed on the screen of a laptop computer on Jan. 27, 2011, in San Anselmo, Calif.
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The GNI is working to challenge surveillance states but it does not address consumer privacy issues, Sullivan clarifies, as "there are many other groups working on consumer privacy issues."

[READ: Freedom Act in House, Senate Would Reform Patriot Act]

Google and Facebook have pressed the NSA for greater transparency on its national security requests for data, and consumers in turn criticize the privacy policies of those companies as not transparent enough. A class action lawsuit in California Northern District Court also accuses LinkedIn of breaking into user accounts and spamming contacts lists with unwanted messages.

Nate Cardozo, staff attorney for digital right advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation, says "LinkedIn has been great defending its users privacy against the government," but he would not speak for or against LinkedIn's consumer-privacy policies.

"The purpose of LinkedIn is based around users sharing information with LinkedIn, with its other users and with third parties," Cardozo says. "The purpose of LinkedIn is not for users to share information with the government."


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