Saturday, March 29, 2014

LinkedIn Updates Terms Of Service (Privacy Policy and User Agreement)

On March 26, 2014, the professional network "LinkedIn" published revised versions of their Privacy Policy and our User Agreement. If you're want to continued use LinkedIn service means you agree to these revised documents. LinkedIn posted the announcement on their blog on March 14 but the new LinkedIn’s Terms of Service effective as of March 26, 2014.

LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network with 250 million members in over 200 countries and territories around the globe. LinkedIn is publicly held and has a diversified business model with revenues coming from member subscriptions, advertising sales, and talent solutions.

Here are some other changes you’ll see in new LinkedIn's Terms of Service:

Updates to Our Privacy Policy

Member data. We’ve always had a high bar when it comes to responding to government requests for member data and that hasn’t changed. In Section 2.14, we clarify that we will take steps to let members know about demands for their data unless we’re legally prohibited from doing so or the request is deemed an emergency. We also specify that we may dispute such demands if we believe they are too broad, too vague, or lack proper authority.

Premium services. While it is not new that LinkedIn offers premium services that give our customers access to members’ profiles to generate career and business opportunities, we’ve rewritten Section 2.12 to clarify that our corporate offerings include Talent Solutions, Marketing Solutions and Sales Solutions.

Mobile numbers. As LinkedIn expands our services globally, we recognize that the mobile phone has become a ubiquitous communications tool. We’ve updated Section 1.2 to include the forthcoming option to use your mobile number to sign in to LinkedIn.

Update to Our User Agreement

Content Availability. LinkedIn has always operated within the laws and frameworks of the countries in which we operate. We recently launched a LinkedIn site in Simplified Chinese, and as we said at the time of our launch, we may be required by local regulations to remove certain content, which means this content may not be available on LinkedIn in China. While LinkedIn has always reserved the right to remove content (e.g. when it’s hurtful or infringing on others’ rights), we believe it’s important to be transparent that sometimes laws may require us to remove certain content, and we make that clear in Section 4.1.

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