Since the addition of LinkedIn’s trial of social ads there have been complains from users about LinkedIn sharing private information.
LinkedIn were said to be sharing your name and photo using auto opt in, ( A Facebook trick ) so millions of users were put into an advertising program without their knowledge. The only way you could stop it was to go into your settings and opt out, which was very easy but you still had to know it was there in the first place.
You had to – Click your name, setting, account and manage social advertising. Opt out.
Due to this, an email was born, which has been circulating on LinkedIn ever since.
I received the following message from a contact and I am forwarding it for your awareness and consideration.
Without attracting too much publicity, LinkedIn has updated their privacy conditions. Without any action from your side, LinkedIn is now permitted to use you name and picture in any of their advertisements.
Some simple actions to be considered:
1. Place the cursor on your name at the top right corner of the screen. From the small
pull down menu that appears, select “settings”
2. Then click “Account” on the left/bottom
3. In the column next to Account, select the option “Manage Social Advertising”
4. Finally un-tick the box “LinkedIn may use my name and photo in social advertising”
5. and Save
How to inform your connections? Simple: Via Inbox>Compose message in Linkedin, you can send a message to 50 connections at once. All who will appreciate being informed.
LinkedIn change ads under pressure from users.
In August however it all changed and Linkedin said that they will not use your profile picture for ads as before but would see a message that 3 users follow this company and you would have to click the ad to see which users it would be.
From this ->
<- To this
Strangely the option to opt out has now disappeared – even the heading of manage social advertising has vanished.
I read on a linkedin answers page that it was removed as from 30th January 2012 and LinkinIn haven’t even changed their help pages or blogged about it yet.
We can only assume that due to the increasing complaints and everyone opting out, that the advertising trial wasn’t a success and it has been cancelled.
I will keep you informed as soon as there is any more information.
Hope this helps
Pictures from http://blog.linkedin.com/