LinkedIn is a great service.
I’m on there and I’m a huge fan. It connects professionals around the world and is a great way for likeminded people to connect and swap ideas about business and so forth. It’s no surprise that LinkedIn has over the years gone from strength to strength but it seems as if they may have lost touch with their users.
Recently, LinkedIn amended the T&C’s of its services – and it looks as if they haven’t learned a single thing from Facebook and its run-ins with its users.
The section that should have you worried (if you’re a site-member) is section 2B (below). Pay attention to the bit in bold:
You own the information you provide LinkedIn under this Agreement, and may request its deletion at any time, unless you have shared information or content with others and they have not deleted it, or it was copied or stored by other users. Additionally,you grant LinkedIn a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual, unlimited, assignable, sublicenseable, fully paid up and royalty-free right to us to copy, prepare derivative works of, improve, distribute, publish, remove, retain, add, process, analyze, use and commercialize, in any way now known or in the future discovered, any information you provide, directly or indirectly to LinkedIn, including but not limited to any user generated content, ideas, concepts, techniques or data to the services, you submit to LinkedIn, without any further consent, notice and/or compensation to you or to any third parties. Any information you submit to us is at your own risk of loss as noted in Sections 2 and 3 of this Agreement.
Essentially, by continuing to use LinkedIn, you sign over any intellectual property rights to LinkedIn without being able to do anything about it. Done. Dusted. The bit that’s REALLY scary (other than the rights-cession) is the right to information provided indirectly to LinkedIn. I’m not quite sure what that means in qualitative terms but just to be sure I’ve removed the blog publishing app from my profile…just to be safe.
What gets me is just how no-one has said anything about this. I know it’s all about “caveat emptor” and that we’re ultimately responsible for what goes out in our name online but surely we should be a bit more worried about this? Or am I freaking out over nothing?