New LinkedIn features invade your privacy by default

Posted on: September 16th, 2011

A friend of mine has alerted me to the new features that LinkedIn has recently introduced. And they seriously affect your privacy and your ability to prevent spam.

I didn’t receive anything from LinkedIn informing me about these changes but it appears the new settings are switched to ‘ON’ by default.

So you have to go and change them to ‘OFF’, otherwise LinkedIn will be able to use your name and photo in third party advertising.

Here are the four links where you can opt out. Simply uncheck the tick box.

Manage social advertising

Manage enhanced advertising

Data sharing with third party applications

Partner InMail

So I’d advise you to go into your LinkedIn account without delay!


29 Responses to “New LinkedIn features invade your privacy by default”

  1. Alan Bannister
    September 16th, 2011

    Very helpful post – thanks

  2. Sharon
    September 16th, 2011

    Thank you for this Carole, much appreciated, made my changes now!

  3. Denise Lee
    September 16th, 2011

    Hi Carole, Thank you for that, I have opted out – a bit naughty of them!

  4. Andrew Muir
    September 16th, 2011

    Big thanks – very helpful.

  5. joanna shipp
    September 16th, 2011

    Thanks Carole would never have found this without you telling me. Have opted out!

  6. Elaine Swift
    September 16th, 2011

    Thanks Carole! i’d already done the first one but knew nothing about the other until your email.

  7. Craig
    September 16th, 2011

    Done. Thank you. LinkedIn has become disturbingly sneaky.

  8. maria
    September 18th, 2011

    Big thank you

  9. Deborah Hughes
    September 18th, 2011

    Thank you so much for this very informative, helpful post!

  10. Arne K. Haaje
    September 21st, 2011

    Thanks a lot for alerting me to this! All options were on in my case :(

  11. Sean
    October 4th, 2011

    Thanks for a really useful post, Carole.
    I was wondering why LinkedIn was asking me “if I knew” people who I’ve only contacted once or twice from years ago.
    Facebook does the same thing, so I darn well closed down my account with Facebook.

    Does LinkedIn data-mine your emails or something? How do they even have an inkling that I contacted a certain person?

  12. Elaine Swift
    October 4th, 2011

    This is slightly off topic but I’m getting quite a few people trying to connect with me on LinkedIn who I’ve never met. They’ve clicked the ‘friend’ or ‘have done business with’ buttons.

    I think this weakens LinkedIn because the assumption is that if someone is in your network they’re there because you either know them or they are known to and trusted by one of your contacts.

    If people want to connect I think they should get an introduction from someone in my network… or maybe I’m just old fashioned!

  13. Carole Seawert
    October 4th, 2011

    Hi Elaine

    I never accept people into my LinkedIn network if I don’t know them and they click ‘friend’ or ‘done business with’. I do, however, if they write a personalised invitation, explaining why they want to connect.

    Hope all is well

  14. Elaine Swift
    October 4th, 2011

    Glad it’s not just me then. I do think it’s a strength of LinkedIn that users are encouraged to get introductions. I think some people confuse it with the way Twitter works!

  15. Sean
    October 4th, 2011

    Ok, I’m going to admit to being really irked at the way you just jumped in and overtook the comments Elaine. I’m also really irked by having my question completely ignored by you, Carole, while you go on to have a casual conversation with Elaine just because perhaps you know her.

    If this is the way first-time visitors are treated by you, then this first-time visitor has become a last-time visitor.

  16. Carole Seawert
    October 5th, 2011

    I didn’t mean to ignore you, Sean. Apologies if you feel irked. I actually saw both your comments before I was about to leave my flat but wanted to do some investigating before I responded to you, as I have no idea why LinkedIn serves us up virtually unknown contacts as ‘possible people you may know’.

    This link sheds some light on the matter:

    Basically it’s saying LinkedIn searches contacts based on our past education and previous jobs and who our existing contacts connect with. Hope that helps.

  17. Sha
    November 16th, 2011

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    November 17th, 2011

    Hi Sha

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    Here’s the link to it:

    I also bought this e-book which I found useful:

    Good luck!

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