LinkedIn Corp (LNKD) Changes Privacy Policy To Let Teenagers Join

Posted Sep 14, 2013

LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) has changed their privacy policy on Friday to let teenagers join the website.  LinkedIn now lets 14-year-olds in the United States join.  In other countries, LinkedIn is allowing 13-year-olds to register.  The age limit in China is still 18 though.

LinkedIn does not have any plans to become a social network for teenagers.  The company wants to help students think about their careers early on.  The profile of kids will be different than an adult’s profile.

“We are updating our User Agreement to make LinkedIn available to students 13 years and older, depending on country. Smart, ambitious students are already thinking about their futures when they step foot into high school ? where they want to go to college, what they want to study, where they want to live and work. We want to encourage these students to leverage the insights and connections of the millions of successful professionals on LinkedIn, so they can make the most informed decisions and start their careers off right,” stated Eric Heath, the director of legal, global privacy and public policy at LinkedIn.