Recently, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted preliminary approval for LinkedIn's $1.25 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit stemming from a 2012 data breach. The litigation stemmed from an incident in 2012, when hackers obtained access to LinkedIn's servers and consequently posted 6.4 million users' passwords online.

The settlement agreement requires LinkedIn to pay up to $50 to a portion of its users who purchased premium memberships to the service. LinkedIn's has previously declared that for the next five years, it will protect users' passwords by “salting” and “hashing” them.