A new feature for LinkedIn users has been unveiled, but it’s drawing more questions over privacy rather than praise for ingenuity.
LinkedIn announced Intro on October 23, a service that shows your LinkedIn profile on emails sent through your iPhone Mail application. In the blog post about the new tool, the company explains that users will be able to see at a glance who an unknown email sender is with a brief bio and link to their LinkedIn account, right in the email client.
But security experts have expressed concern over the new feature, as it requires all of your email to be filtered through LinkedIn’s computers.
“LinkedIn would be effectively acting as a middle man in all your communications,” Graham Cluley, an independent security analyst in Oxford, England, told The Wall Street Journal. “If you are going to hand control of your email to a third party, your company’s IT staff should be involved.”
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