LinkedIn gives users access to personal data

LinkedIn has upped its security game by giving members access to personal data, including password changes and attempts to log in.

LinkedIn is giving members heightened access to their personal data and stepping up its security game with three new tools.

The first allows you to see where you are logged in to LinkedIn from a single hub. You can remotely sign out from a device that you’re logged into.

Second, LinkedIn is giving you complete access to your personal data that the service collects about you. From the LinkedIn blog:

“Your data on LinkedIn is yours and you should be able to access it. So we’ve added the ability to easily export all of your LinkedIn data with one click. This single download will let you see all the data LinkedIn has stored on your account, including your updates, activity, IP records, searches, and more. You can download your data here.”

You will be able to access the following information around your LinkedIn account within 72 hours of making a request:

  • Registration information
  • Login history including IP records
  • Email address history and statuses
  • Account history including account closures and reopens
  • Name information including the current name on your account and any previous name changes
  • A list of your 1st degree connections
  • Photos that have been uploaded to your account
  • Endorsements you’ve received
  • List of skills on your profile
  • Recommendations given and received
  • Group contribution
  • Your search history
  • Content you’ve posted, shared, liked, or commented on
  • Mobile apps you’ve installed
  • Ads you’ve clicked on
  • The targeting criteria LinkedIn uses to show you ads

Finally, LinkedIn is giving you more information around password changes to ensure that your account is secure. You will now receive an email that details any changes that were made to your account. That email will tell you “when and where the account change took place, including the date and time and details on the device the device the changes were made on such as the browser it was running, the Operating System (OS), IP address, and approximate physical location.” What do you think of LinkedIn new data and security measures? Share your thoughts in the comments section.


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