In our opinion the biggest issue we have with this is not the use of your information in advertising, but how they went about it. Instead of offering you an opportunity to give permission to use your personal info - including name and photo - for their advertising scheme, they decided to make it a feature you'd have to actively opt out of. This is annoying because the option is stored in a seldom used area of LinkedIn's settings, a bad example of how to lose the trust of your own users.
To turn of LinkedIn's auto-advertising feature do the following:
- Sign into LinkedIn.
- Click your name in the top right and click on the "settings" tab.
- On the Settings page select the "Account" tab in the bottom left.
- To the right of the Account tab choose the "Manage Social Advertising" button.
- A pop-up will appear and be sure to uncheck the box giving LinkedIn permission to use your info for social advertising.
Bonus: If you want to get extra protective about your data, be sure to disable sharing of 3rd party data under "Email Preferences" and "Groups, Companies, and Advertising."