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LinkedIn Is Not Facebook

Slaw, Omar Ha-Redeye “…The site has been used extensively in litigation, in a wide variety of contexts. It has been used to assess the duty to mitigate damages in the employment contexts, the alleged (but denied) basis for discrimination in human rights, juror misconduct due to independent research by looking up the accused’s profile, imputing income for child support, and discrepancies in evidence for citizenship applications. The site has itself been sued for alleged privacy breaches, including at least one class action. LinkedIn has even been used by law societies, to prevent individuals from holding themselves out as lawyers. One recent interlocutory decision in Hamza v. Law Society of Ontario illustrates the hazards of using the site too informally and too unprofessionally. Both of those characterizations could even be described as mild…”

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