[INFO] New LinkedIn Privacy Policy

I received the following message from a trusted contact and friend and I am posting 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.

  • If you’re not in favor of such a policy below are the steps to not allow Linked in to use your name:
  • Place the cursor on your name at the top right corner of the screen. From the small pull down menu that appears, select “settings”
  • Then click “Account” on the left/bottom
  • In the column next to Account, select the option “Manage Social Advertising” 
  • Finally uncheck the box “LinkedIn may use my name and photo in social advertising” and Save

Please pass this along if you do not want your name and picture used in their advertisements.  Personally, they can pay me to use mine, but they are not getting it for free.

About Chris Colotti

Chris is active on the VMUG and event speaking circuit and is available for many events if you want to reach out and ask. Previously to this he spent close to a decade working for VMware as a Principal Architect. Previous to his nine plus years at VMware, Chris was a System Administrator that evolved his career into a data center architect. Chris spends a lot of time mentoring co-workers and friends on the benefits of personal growth and professional development. Chris is also amongst the first VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDX#37), and author of multiple white papers. In his spare time he helps his wife Julie run her promotional products as the accountant, book keeper, and IT Support. Chris also believes in both a healthy body and healthy mind, and has become heavily involved with fitness as a Diamond Team Beachbody Coach using P90X and other Beachbody Programs. Although Technology is his day job, Chris is passionate about fitness after losing 60 pounds himself in the last few years.


  1. They have removed this from the privacy policy.

  2. They constantly breach own privacy policy and it seems their privacy policy is a sham just so it looks like they have one. I have a private profile, which means I have selected to have my profile only accessible to my existing contacts and no one else. I have opted out of their advertising and disabled all other feeds, public info, etc. BUT, my full name and profile are still being fed as LinkedIn suggestion to other LinkedIn members based on LinkedIn’s stats of who may know me or have worked with me. I wrote to LinkedIn asking to stop this as I do NOT consent to LinkedIn using my profile to grow its database or members’ networks ad I choose my own and have elected to have a strictly private profile. Do you think LinkedIN cares? NO. And this is why people should massively shift to XING. XING has greater respect and would not engage in daily violations of your profile with “suggestions” and ads.

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