LinkedIn is taking legal action against Chrome add-on Sell Hack that allows users to “hack” profiles that they are not connected with and view its email address.
Sell Hack was issued with a cease and desist letter on Monday but only now is the site responding saying that its plug-in no longer works in Chrome and argues that it does not conflict with LinkedIn’s terms or service.
“We only processed publicly visible data from LinkedIn based on your profile permissions…all of which has been deleted,” they said.
We’ve been described as sneaky, nefarious, no good, not ‘legitimate’ amongst other references by some. We’re not. We’re dads from the midwest who like to build web and mobile products that people use.
Sell Hack has remained active on Twitter too with the latest update stating, “We’re down, not out. Working on v2 and responding to all of the awesome people who took time to write.”
LinkedIn remained adamant though. “We are doing everything we can to shut Sell Hack down. On March 31 LinkedIn’s legal team delivered Sell Hack a cease-and-desist letter as a result of several violations,” said LinkedIn to the BBC.
“LinkedIn members who downloaded Sell Hack should uninstall it immediately and contact Sell Hack requesting that their data be deleted.”
The social media site went to say that users should always exercise caution when downloading third part apps and be aware of how their data will be used.