Employees, how LinkedIn ARE you?

ImageSay you’ve got over 500 LinkedIn Connections (lucky you), or thousands even, and you’ve recently left your employer and are now hitting up these contacts peddling your particular brand of vodka (or gin), or whatever you so desire.

Can you? Well before you send that mail shot, you might want to take a look at this case from the High Court in London.

Though the Court acknowledges that LinkedIn contacts can constitute confidential information belonging to an employer, what it does not address is ownership of your personal contacts, outside of employer created or controlled LinkedIn Groups (of the kind that were involved here).

Let’s hope this case isn’t a prelude to a time when employees do not own, nor have the right to use, their LinkedIn contacts, even where such contacts were made using a personal and not business LinkedIn account.

The case is Whitmar Publications Ltd v Gamage & Ors [2013] EWHC 1881 (Ch) and you can read the full judgement here.


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