LinkedIn plans to update with a simpliflied Terms of Service later this year

Kit McDonald

Currently, if you’re looking to scroll through the LinkedIn Terms of Service, you’d better grab a cup a coffee and clear your schedule. Okay, maybe that’s a little exaggerated, but even the team at LinkedIn is admitting that they could simplify it a little bit. Announced earlier today, both the Privacy Policy and User Agreement are undergoing revisions to become more “members first”.

On June 7, these Terms of Service will be updated with an easier to understand and reorganized version. For example, the Privacy Policy will emphasize available features to members, as well as pointing out available options to keep their information safe. Some topics of note include:

  • Increased visibility of your LinkedIn Profile and how to opt out of broadly shared information
  • Easier to share accomplishments with your network and how to remove yourself from recommendations
  • Opting into automated productivity bots and similar tools to improve communication with your network
  • Opting into finding local and nearby LinkedIn members

Furthermore, the User Agreement will have more clarifications about what is and isn’t acceptable on LinkedIn. This includes a stance against the development or support of tools to scrape LinkedIn’s services for personal or commercial use. Payment for LinkedIn services will also be explained better and members outside of the U.S. will be switched to Irish law instead of California.