You might have heard the legal wrangling over a company that wants control of an ex-employee’s Twitter feed, but here’s a story that will really motivate you to beef up your passwords.
A company called Sawabeh Information Services is claiming it should own LinkedIn accounts used by at least two former employees. According to TechDirt, Sawabeh argues that these LinkedIn profiles are akin to rolodexes that were developed on company time.
The firm has already confiscated the account used by former partner Dr. Linda Eagle (who had apparently let other coworkers manage her account, which meant her password was easy for the company to access), but LinkedIn denied Sawabeh’s attempts to take over the account of another ex-employee.
While this debate is part of a far more complex legal battle over trade secrets and corporate backstabbing, it could end up setting an ominous precedent if Sawabeh is given control of employee LinkedIn profiles just because they were used for work.
As tech lawyer Venkat Balasubramani notes, though, there’s also the issue of LinkedIn’s terms of service, which restrict personal account access to the person who created the profile. That means Sawabeh could win in court but find the LinkedIn account closed for TOS violations.
For now, best to keep those passwords to yourself, talk to your HR manager for clarity on your company's policies and just generally avoid working for places that treat business in the information age like a game of Hungry Hungry Hippos.
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