LinkedIn Updates its Terms of Service and Privacy Policy - Firebrand Group

LinkedIn Updates its Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

LinkedIn Updates its Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

PrivacyLinkedIn announced today it has updated its terms of service, with the changes taking effect this September 12th. The changes come in part due to LinkedIn opening itself up more to pre-university students with today’s launch of LinkedIn University Pages. Minors who are members will have somewhat different default settings to maintain privacy, and customer support tickets sent in by minors will be routed differently.

If you’re in the US, you can sign up for LinkedIn when you’re 14, but in each country it’s different. In many countries, minors can join at 13; in China it is 18.

As part of the changes, LinkedIn has also updates its privacy policy. The largest changes are that personal information coming in from LinkedIn’s Share button and other plugins is limited to 7 days, and now the privacy policy fully covers any data sharing between your LinkedIn and SlideShare accounts. Read more about the changes at LinkedIn’s blog.

If you’re a privacy advocate, you’ll be happy to know that LinkedIn doesn’t appear (at first glance) to be hiding anything substantial in its new privacy policy. Today’s moves, in fact, seem to indicate a major push towards capturing the pre-professional market and turning tomorrow’s professionals into lifelong LinkedIn participants.

Jeremy Goldman has been working with companies looking to take their operations online and inject “social” into their processes for over a decade. After a career at L'Oreal and Unilever, Jeremy founded Firebrand Group. His views have been featured in publications such as Inc., Mashable, Wall Street Journal, Smart Money, ReadWriteWeb, and The Next Web. His first book, Going Social: Excite Customers, Generate Buzz, and Energize Your Brand with the Power of Social Media hit the #1 spot on for social media and business.

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