Our Commitment to Privacy, Free Speech and Fair Use
Statement of Mark Weidick
CEO, hiQ Labs Inc.
Note to Editors: On June 30, 2017, LinkedIn Corporation agreed to stop blocking hiQ Labs’ access to the LinkedIn website while a federal court considers whether hiQ’s access is a legal and fair use of publicly available information. This agreement allows hiQ to continue using LinkedIn’s data as a source for the analysis and insight hiQ provides to its employer clients.
hiQ Labs CEO Mark Weidick issued the following statement in response to the agreement:
SAN FRANCISCO, CA July 1, 2017 – We are pleased to have reached this agreement with LinkedIn. This is a case with broad ramifications for free speech, competitiveness and the fair use of material available to all on the Internet. We are happy to have the opportunity to continue our work while these important matters are resolved.
It is important to understand that hiQ doesn’t analyze private sections of LinkedIn—we only review public profile information. We don’t republish or sell the data we collect. We use it only as the basis for the valuable analysis we provide to employers. We do nothing more than what employers, recruiters and HR departments do every day.
Other for-profit companies, including Google, Yahoo!, and Bing, copy and index large portions of the public parts of LinkedIn’s website and display that information in their search engine results for all the world to see.
We know that LinkedIn wants to get into our business, and that’s ok. We just don’t think they should do so by illegally forcing out a competitor.
We look forward to making our case to the court, to LinkedIn and to the public as we seek a permanent injunction to prevent LinkedIn from taking action that threatens any company that uses publicly available data to inform the services they provide.
NOTE: Judge Edward Chen of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California will now decide whether to issue a Preliminary Injunction (PI) declaring hiQ’s work legal and permanently preventing LinkedIn from taking further action to block hiQ’s business model. The case is hiQ Labs, Inc. v. LinkedIn Corporation (Case No. 3:17-cv-03301).