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Online Privacy, Part Two

August 12, 2011  

It’s like a broken record player. Social sites flagrantly disregard user privacy and adopt bone-headed ‘new features’, typically ad related. LinkedIn is running ads in which users’ names and profile photos may appear, without the users’ consent. LinkedIn says it wrote some blog posts informing users of the new policy and ran some ads on its site. That is asinine. But, the question is not whether users were adequately notified; the question is why bring on the scrutiny and hit to your reputation? If they really believe the ads benefit users somehow, let users opt in and avoid the bad press.

For LinkedIn users: to opt out, go to your account settings and select Manage Social Advertising. And users: be vigilant if you care about how your information is used.

Also see Online Privacy: Where’s the Outrage?


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