LinkedInLinkedIn has agreed to pay about $6 million in overtime and damages to 359 current and former employees after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation establish that the social networking site/corporation violated the USA’s Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The FLSA necessitates that non-exempt workers, who are not salaried managers, be paid the federal minimum hourly wage of $7.25 plus overtime pay at the minimum rate of 1.5 times the regular rate for hours worked past 40 hours in a regular work week.

This is not the first time LinkedIn found itself embroiled in controversy. In the fall of 2012, security researchers discovered a feature on LinkedIn’s iPhone and iPad app that sent detailed information from users’ calendars to the company’s servers without their knowledge or consent. The manner in which the app transmitted sensitive data was a possible violation of Apple’s privacy guidelines.

In a blog post responding to the findings, Joff Redfern, head of mobile products at LinkedIn, said the app’s calendar feature would no longer send data from meeting notes to the app’s servers. He said that the changes would be made available right away and that the company has added a link so users can learn more about how the calendar data is transmitted.

How Safe is LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is a professional social networking site where you can connect with co-workers and employers. Unlike Facebook or Twitter, LinkedIn is mainly focused on professional connections rather than social interaction. If you are considering creating a LinkedIn profile, be aware of the possible security concerns associated with your account. LinkedIn is as safe as you make it.

The information you post on your LinkedIn profile should be treated as public information. You can use LinkedIn’s security settings to control how much of your information shows for non-contacts, but should also treat every resume listing and status update as a public broadcast. Anyone with knowledge of your LinkedIn profile can use it to collect sensitive personal information about you and your contacts, so always be on guard about what you post on there.

Keeping that in mind, LinkedIn is arguably safer than other social media platforms in that you are expected to connect only with contacts you have a professional relationship with. In other words, by limiting the number of people with whom you connect and forcing you to network with people you actually know in the professional/workplace setting, LinkedIn makes your data safer. Since you are not connecting with random users or casual acquaintances, you can feel better about the people who actually have access to your data.


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