Getting LinkedIn to stop spamming you

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I made a conscious decision to quit LinkedIn – details here:

Yet, they keep spamming me:

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It seems (can someone verify this?) that these invitations originate from LinkedIn’s Outlook Plugin that some of my former contacts are using. That’s kinda wrong already, given that the EMail comes from LinkedIn, not from my contact (i.e. contacts tell LinkedIn to EMail me, which they do without my consent.). I don’t think that’s ok from a data privacy perspective. It might be a different thing legally if the plugin just generated an email that my contacts could send, but it would still be just as annoying.

Where I draw the line is the reminders: in order to do that LinkedIn has to a) store my data and b) keep emailing me without my consent. The email does contain an “unsubscribe” (…) link which implies I opted in to receiving the emails. Let’s see if that works.

Today I also found a (well hidden) form to put yourself on LinkedIn’s “Do Not Contact List”. I did that – reluctantly – it’s ironic that I have to allow them to store my data in order to prevent them spamming me.

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If you have me in your contact list and you’re using LinkedIn, please try to add me to your contacts. Let’s see how good their “privacy” mechanisms really work…

Getting out of Klout

You may have heard of or used Klout, a service that claims to calculate your “Social Media Score” or “Influence”. Well, they sure appeal to your vanity – we all want to be recognized as influencers, don’t we?

Unfortunately Klout is a privacy desaster – they harvest you’re data even if you’re not a member, and do A LOT of very very weird things – read GigaOM and Charles Stross for more details.

They also make it extra hard to leave – fortunatelty Martijn has a detailed post on how to do that exactly – go there NOW.

Want to see something really weird? Look what you need to do to make them stop looking at your tweets:

So they need to SEE WHO I FOLLOW in order to delete my data?


Don’t forget to remove those Twitter and Facebook application authorizations!

Scoble vs. Data Privacy

I thought everything that ought to be said about the Scobleizer beeing kicked off Facebook had already been said, but you can always count on Thomas to go the extra mile.

Thomas looks at the issue through the eyes of a data privacy expert (is that thesis EVER going to be finished???), and I won’t even try to start quoting from the article, as I’d almost certainly leave out something important.

So what are you waiting for – stop reading my crap and head over to the article!

Also, Dennis has two posts on the topic – well worth a read. This might be bigger than all us Web2.0 afficionados thought.

On a related note, Thomas is going to leave SAP for Gartner, and he’ll be leaving behind some big boots to fill. With Jeff leaving last year, we have now lost two of SAP’s great voices in the blogosphere, which is a crying shame. I just hope we’ll be able to get enough new colleagues to start blogging (or twittering, for that matter) to fill that void.
Best of luck to you, Thomas, and stay connected!