It’s a little bit amazing that any social networking site could pull what many posts are calling “a Facebook” at this point in history. Nevertheless, LinkedIn has made news by creating an opt-out account setting to use member names, photos, and information in “social advertising” on the site. Facebook made this strategy infamous, although there’s no way to opt out of many of Facebook’s social ads.
Still, no one likes surprise opt-out uses of personal data. Complaints about this perceived breach of privacy have made the rounds over the last day or so. LinkedIn has just posted a response to the backlash offering some clarifications.