LinkedIn May Use My Name and Photo in Social Advertising – NOT

By: Ross Dunn - August 11, 2011

It recently came to my attention that LinkedIn has a setting activated by default allowing it to “use my name, photo in social advertising.” Below is a screenshot of this setting in my LinkedIn profile.

A screenshot of Ross Dunn's LinkedIn settings showing the default setting which allows LinkedIn to use my name and photo in social advertising

First, I should state I understand this is a means of increasing social engagement and connection-making within LinkedIn. What I find problematic is LinkedIn’s flagrant disregard for our privacy by making such a setting default. If you feel the same way, here are the steps to disable this feature in your LinkedIn account, provided in graphical form:

LinkedIn Privacy Step 1: Under your name in the top right of your account click on “Settings”

A screenshot of the dropmenu on LinkedIn: click on "Settings" in the drop-down under your account name

LinkedIn Privacy Step 2: Click on “Account” on the resulting Account & Settings page.

A screenshot showing how to click on the "Account" tab in the resulting Profile Settings page.LinkedIn Privacy Step 3: Click on “Manage Social Advertising” in the “Account” tab you just enabled.

A screenshot showing the next step in the process: to click on "Manage Social Advertising" in the "Account" tab you just enabled.LinkedIn Privacy Step 4: The Last Step is to un-check the option “LinkedIn may use my name, photo in social advertising.” Then save the changes.

A screenshot instructing you to disable the option to allow LinkedIn to use your name and photo in social advertising

You are done! A special thanks goes out to Steve Woodruff for bringing this to our collective attention.

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Ross DunnRoss Dunn is the CEO and founder of StepForth Web Marketing Inc, a web marketing company founded in 1997 and based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Ross Dunn is a Certified Internet Marketing and Business Strategist (CIMBS) with a background in web design and online marketing. His broad Internet experience in combination with a talented staff has made StepForth a name synonymous with top results.

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  • valugi

    This is the ugly face of the web, they are selling our info to the highest bidder (and then to the others).

  • Lynne

    Thanks! That was easy with your directions!