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LinkedIn Updates its Privacy Policy

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LinkedIn Updates its Privacy Policy
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LinkedIn, the social network for professional networking, announced this weekend that it will be updating its privacy policy. Starting on Thursday June 7, the company’s Privacy Policy and User Agreement will be updated for clarity and to provide LinkedIn members more control over where their data can be viewed.

Eric Heath, the director of legal for product at LinkedIn, announced the changes in a post over at the LinkedIn Blog. There are two major changes in policy. LinkedIn will now delete personally identifiable information obtained through their plug-ins and off-site advertising after 24 hours. This is likely a reaction to Facebook coming under pressure from European activists regarding its off-site advertising practices. LinkedIn has also “enhanced” its privacy controls by making public profile privacy settings for members also determine the information that can be accessed by search engines and third-party plugins.

“Ensuring more privacy and control over your personal data remains our highest priority,” said Heath. That’s probably the best place for a social network to prioritize privacy. As Facebook has found out in the past few years, privacy is not something that can be overlooked, and social networks have a responsibility to their members to make privacy policy crystal-clear.

The last time LinkedIn updated its privacy policy was almost exactly one year ago. At that time, the company allowed members to opt-out of being mentioned in ads for products they have recommended, and gave members the ability to opt-out of information sharing through LinkedIn’s browser plugins. LinkedIn’s privacy policy can be viewed on its website.

LinkedIn Updates its Privacy Policy
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  • Joe T

    From the new privacy policy:

    Now remove bullet points 1-3:

    Am I reading this wrong or have they just given themselves permission to share my personal details whenever they think they legally can?

    Who would agree to this privacy policy? Bye Bye LinkedIn.

    • Joe T

      From the new policy:

      “We protect your personal information and will only provide it to third parties: (1) with your consent; (2) where it is necessary to carry out your instructions; (3) as reasonably necessary in order to provide LinkedIn features and functionality to you; (4) as we reasonably believe is permitted by law or regulation”

      Remove points 1-3 and some fluff:

      “We…will…provide [your personal information] to third parties…as we reasonably believe is permitted by law or regulation”

      This is not a privacy policy shall approve.

  • Joe T

    From the new policy:

    “We protect your personal information and will only provide it to third parties: (1) with your consent; (2) where it is necessary to carry out your instructions; (3) as reasonably necessary in order to provide LinkedIn features and functionality to you; (4) as we reasonably believe is permitted by law or regulation”

    Remove points 1-3 and some fluff:

    “We…will…provide [your personal information] to third parties…as we reasonably believe is permitted by law or regulation”

    This is not a privacy policy I shall approve.

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