LinkedIn removes user info from ads

UPDATE
There's a great example of LinkedIn's dodgy ads here.

Having miffed users with 'social ads' on its pages, featuring names and pictures of many members who hadn't realised the site had given itself permission to use such details, LinkedIn has now been forced to backtrack.

"We're listening to our members," LinkedIn's Ryan Roslansky spun in a blog the outfit brought to our attention following our yarn yesterday. "We could have communicated our intentions - to provide more value and relevancy to our members - more clearly," he confessed.

Roslansky insisted that the changes to LinkedIn's privacy policy it made in June had been communicated to users through banner ads and blog posts, but such measures fall short of European requirements for users to explicitly agree to such. Indeed, this is the central issue over which the firm has been criticised.

"Trust is the foundation upon which the LinkedIn platform is built," Roslansky said, precisely echoing what Google said when it was caught with it privacy pants round its street-snooping ankles. "We'll continue to work hard to earn and maintain your trust, while delivering the most valuable and relevant experience we can," he added.

We're having trouble linking to the site's privacy policy, but if you use the service, you might like to head on over there sharpish to find out what else it's signed you up for.