LinkedIn introduced this week, a default setting whereby your name and photos can be used for third-party advertising. Facebook flashback anyone? Do you want to participate? Shouldn’t you have a choice as to whether you want your data shared with third-parties, even if you have been with that website for some time?
Anyway, I suggest if you value your privacy and don’t want your name and photos shared with third-party advertising companies you do this:
- Click on your name on the homepage (upper right corner)
- On the drop-down menu select “Settings” and then select “Account”
- Click “Account” (bottom left) then click “Manage Social Advertising”
- De-select the box next to “LinkedIn may use my name, photo in social advertising”
- Check the new default settings under “E-mail Preferences”, “Groups, Companies & Applications”
Some people wonder what the fuss is about – it’s about having personal control of your profile – nothing more. You should have a choice. If not, the choice is simple, delete your profile and don’t use the service. I don’t like this latter option as that is not what the Internet is about.
Safe surfing folks!