LinkedIn Apologizes After Privacy Snafu

LinkedIn has apologized after its latest iOS update prompted some users to OK a new feature designed to connect them to nearby strangers within Bluetooth range.

The privacy snafu was spotted by Trend Micro VP of global research, Rik Ferguson, who claimed the update was described by LinkedIn merely as containing “general bug fixes and performance improvements.”

Replying to his post on Twitter, several other users claimed to have been presented with the same pop-up following their download of the update.

It read: “LinkedIn would like to make data available to nearby Bluetooth devices even when you’re not using the app. We will help you connect with others that are nearby.”

The privacy implications of clicking “OK” are pretty obvious, and user anger at the appearance of the new feature seems to have been compounded by the complete lack of information about it in the update.

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