LinkedIn’s survey found out that the employment rate has recovered from 10% in April to 35% in May but working women and young professionals still remain vulnerable. Working women, according to the survey, are four times less confident than their male counterparts about getting a job. The survey also shows that the Indian workforce has slowly reached its burnout point. Almost 90% of companies are merging roles and looking to fill vacancies internally.
An enormous data breach has happened at LinkedIn. Media reports said that almost 700 mn users of the professional network have been affected by the data leak. The hackers behind the leak seem to have accessed the data from the website utilizing the company’s API. Users’ compromised data include email addresses, full names, phone numbers, and physical addresses. Reports suggested that the data is available for sale with passwords too.
The US Supreme Court has given professional social network LinkedIn another chance to stop rival hiQ Labs from harvesting the personal data of its users. A lower court finding that barred Microsoft-owned company from denying hiQ access to information that LinkedIn members had made publicly available was overturned by the SC judges. The bigger question is whether businesses can use the federal anti-hacking legislation to block competitors from using customer data.
The cyberspace administration of China has named ByteDance’s Douyin, Microsoft Bing, LinkedIn, Kuaishou, Sogou, Baidu, and 102 other apps for violating local laws by collecting surplus data and illegally accessing users’ information. Companies have to fix the issue within 15 days or face a lawsuit, said the watchdog. Earlier the watchdog ordered security apps of Tencent Holdings and Alibaba Group Holding to stop collecting information without user consent.
Authorities in China have asked domestic app stores to remove 90 apps from their platforms. The action was taken to check the irregularities in data collection, forced targeted promotions, etc. The list of apps banned includes online ticket booking platform Damai, online travel booking app Tuniu, China’s biggest LinkedIn rival Maimai, and Tianya. China, recently, laid new rules that define what types of user data apps can collect and what is off-limits.
A LinkedIn survey said that Amazon is the most desirable workplace in the US for 2021, based on its ability to attract, develop and retain talent. It was followed by Alphabet, JPMorgan Chase, AT&T and Bank of America. Amazon is up from number 3 in 2019. The annual list uses data from Microsoft-owned professional networking platform’s 740 mn members across the globe to rank the most sought-after places to work for professionals in the US.
LinkedIn will give its 15,900 full-time employees next week off to avoid WFH burnout and allow the workforce to recharge themselves. The professional networking platform said that the “RestUp!” week, which starts from Monday, will give employees time for their own well-being. “There is something magical about the entire company taking a break at the same time. And the best part? Not coming back to an avalanche of unanswered internal emails ” Linkedin said in a reply to news agency AFP.
Microsoft owned LinkedIn said that it is testing an in-app social audio experience. LinkedIn’s new feature will be different from Clubhouse rivals being built by Facebook and Twitter as its audio networking feature will connect users’ professional identity and not a social profile. The professional networking platform said that the development of an audio-based feature came as users have been asking for more ways to engage on its platform.