LinkedIn Gave Users a Preview of Upcoming Changes to Its Privacy Policy, User Agreement

Despite being acquired by Microsoft, LinkedIn operates under its own terms of service

Headshot of David Cohen

LinkedIn announced that it is updating its privacy policy and user agreement June 7, and vice president of legal, intellectual property, product and privacy Sara Harrington provided a preview of the changes in a blog post.

Harrington said that despite its acquisition by Microsoft—which was announced last June and officially closed last December—LinkedIn operates under a separate terms of service.

She detailed the upcoming updates to LinkedIn’s privacy policy:

  • Increased visibility of your LinkedIn profile: Similar to the way your profile shows up in search engines, we will allow certain third-party services to show your profile to their users, so that you can be more easily found for opportunities and connect with people. You can opt out of this broader distribution of your profile, and you control what you share on your profile.
  • Easier to share accomplishments with your network: To make it easier to update your profile, we’ll look for and suggest positive and public professional accomplishments, like awards or industry recognition, to share with your network. You can opt out if you decide you don’t want these recommendations.
  • Productivity bots and similar tools to improve communication with your network: You can opt in to use our automated systems that can help you with messages by suggesting responses, assisting in scheduling meetings with connections, generating icebreakers or offering insights to help you connect with other professionals more easily.
  • Easily meet up with other members: You can choose to use an upcoming feature that helps you find nearby LinkedIn members who have also opted in at a conference, event or meeting.
  • Keep learning new skills on Lynda: Your learning account on Lynda continues to be covered by the Lynda privacy policy.

Harrington also outlined the changes coming to the professional network’s user agreement:

  • Dos and don’ts: We’ve added clarity about the activities allowed on LinkedIn. For example, we prohibit both the act of scraping others’ content from our services and the development and support of tools to scrape LinkedIn services.
  • Payment terms: If you choose to purchase some of our Premium services, we have added additional clarity around our payment terms.
  • Irish law: Our members and visitors outside of the U.S. will now be governed by Irish law (rather than California law) and can have disputes settled in Irish courts.

Image courtesy of JasonDoiy/iStock. David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.