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LinkedIn Privacy - Details (Updated November 16, 2017.)

Nothing on LinkedIn is private. The whole point of LinkedIn is to allow recruiters to search for candidates, salespeople to hunt for prospects, and people to connect with each other.
How to check and change the privacy settings on your account


"Your LinkedIn profile will never be private" explains career blogger Laura Smith-Proulx. For example, if any member logs in and searches by your first or last name, they can see your full profile -- unless you've blocked that one specific member.

The LinkedIn Help articles What People Can See on Your Profile and LinkedIn Public Profile Visibility don't happen to mention recruiters.

The  4,100-word User Agreement says:
"3.1 ...A worldwide, transferable and sublicensable right to use, copy, modify, distribute, publish, and process, information and content that you provide through our Services, without any further consent, notice and/or compensation to you or others."
https://www.linkedin.com/legal/user-agreement  (Retrieved August 8, 2017)

The 5,100-word Privacy Policy says:
"3.1 Your profile is fully visible to all Members and customers of our Services."
"4.1 Even if you only use our Services when looking for a new job every few years, we will retain your information and keep your profile open until you decide to close your account."
https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy (Retrieved August 8, 2017)

"How and when governments ask us for member data"  https://www.linkedin.com/legal/transparency

How to check and change the privacy settings on your account

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