American Library Association blasts LinkedIn for intrusive ToS changes
Library goers will now have to use or sign up for a LinkedIn account when viewing Lynda.com courses at public libraries.
By Catalin Cimpanu for Zero Day | July 23, 2019 — 15:00 GMT (08:00 PDT)
The American Library Association has put LinkedIn on full blast after the tech giant announced a planned change to its terms of service for the LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) platform.
The upcoming ToS change would force library-goers to give up on their privacy and register a LinkedIn account to have access to video training courses. Previously, they only had to provide a library card number to access such resources.
This is a big deal for ALA, which is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with over 57,000 members, mostly based in the US.
Many libraries don’t just provide access to books anymore. Modern libraries also grant patrons access to e-books, audiobooks, DVDs, 3D printers, but also technology training courses, which ALA said have become very popular.
For the latter, many libraries use public funds to purchase access to online video training courses from various platforms. LinkedIn Learning, formerly known as Lynda.com and acquired by LinkedIn in 2015, is one of the most popular services used by libraries.
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