How to opt out of LinkedIn Social Advertising

August 11, 2011 in Social Media by Tom Henderson

In an article entitled, “Privacy Policy Changes: More control over your LinkedIn information“, LinkedIn promises to honor their “commitment to put… members first”.

How does LinkedIn they do that? By automatically opting you into their new social advertising program, in which “your name/photo may show up in related ads shown to LinkedIn members”, without your explicit permission.

So how do you opt out of LinkedIn Social Advertising?

It’s a quick, one minute process:

1. Log into your LinkedIn account.
2. Mouse over your name at upper right of page.
3. Select “Settings” from the drop-down menu.
4. Under “Profile”… select “Account”.
5. Under “Privacy Controls”… select “Manage Social Advertising”.
6. Uncheck the box for “LinkedIn may use my name, photo in social advertising.”
7. Click “Save”.

That’s it!

HAL9000 says, “Congratulations. You have resumed control… you have resumed control… you have resumed control…”.