Who owns an employee’s LinkedIn contacts?

Have you ever wondered who owns an employee’s LinkedIn contacts if they were created as a result of their employment?

LinkedIn contacts are key for many employers, as they may use LinkedIn to generate new business contacts. Departing employees could use the LinkedIn contacts that they created during their employment for their own, or a competitors’ benefit. So many employers will want their employment contractual terms and procedures to protect their business and its intellectual property.

Many businesses will include standard confidentiality provisions, which will prohibit the use of confidential information belonging to the company. They may also have
terms which specifically mention the fact that client lists can’t be used/downloaded etc.

There may also be restrictive covenants that prohibit soliciting clients, including
prospective clients.

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