Linked-in, the 2nd most popular social network has instituted a policy where they will share your information, photo, contacts, etc with third
parties. You must opt out. Linked-in never notified users of this change in policy, at least I never received one and I'm on it all the time.
"LinkedIn Corp. backed away from an advertising product that used members' photos and recommendations, marking a rare privacy gaffe for the social
The professional networking site, which has 120 million profiles, has largely been able to stay out of the spotlight over privacy issues that affected
social media sites such as Facebook Inc.
In late June, LinkedIn began testing a new form of advertising it called "social ads" that shared users' public actions, like recommendations or
following companies, in a commercial format"
In order to opt out of social advertising, the LinkedIn user has to take four steps to escape third-party advertisements:
Hover over the user name in the top right hand corner of any LinkedIn page and click ‘Settings’. On the Settings page, click ‘Account’. On
the Account tab, click ‘Manage Social Advertising’. Uncheck the box next to “LinkedIn may use my name, photo in social advertising.” and click
the save button.
Users also may want to opt out of receiving email from LinkedIn advertisers. This setting also allows LinkedIn advertising partners to spam users
with promotions during email marketing campaigns if the user follows the brand. To opt out of this setting, click the Email Preferences tab and click
on the ‘Turn on/off partner InMail’ link to locate the check box."
reached, they change the policy absent what would be reasonable notification.
Those who use these networks need to on a regular basis check the privacy settings since they are being changed with new "opt out" settings being
added all the time.
Its time for a law that forces opt-in policy for all of these sites. To display people's photos without their explicit consent is outrageous.
edit on 12-8-2011 by dolphinfan because: (no reason given)