LinkedIn’s “Export Your LinkedIn Connections” feature is Back!

LinkedIn has decided to turn back on the popular feature.  I guess that’s what happens when enough people complain. The LinkedIn Security | Blog Archiveposted this by Michael Korcuska, Vice President, Product Management for LinkedIn.

Earlier this week, we turned off our CSV connections download tool and asked our members to use another data export process as part of our ongoing efforts to combat the inappropriate export of member data by third parties. This process delivered more data but took longer, usually 24 hours but in some cases up to 72 hours. Since that change, we’ve heard you loud and clear — that is too long to have to wait for a download of connection information. Effective immediately, we have turned the CSV download link back on.

Our goal is to make as much of your data, including connection data, available within minutes. We will keep the CSV connections tool available until we can reach that goal (some other data items will be available in an extended archive that may take longer to process). We will then turn this tool off again, as part of our ongoing anti-scraping efforts.

We believe that the data our members enter into LinkedIn is theirs and they should be able to export it. We are also committed to ensuring members have control of what data can be exported by their connections. In the coming weeks and months you can expect to see us take additional steps to increase that control and to make the scraping of member data by third parties more difficult. Scraping is against our  Terms Of Service and potentially detrimental to the members whose data is being scraped.

We are sorry for the inconvenience this caused and resolve to do better in the future.

I say, Thank you LinkedIn for turning this awesome feature back on!

Remember to export your connections so you always have that CSV file handy.

Are you glad it’s back? Leave your comment and let me know.

Thank you.


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