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Marco van der Vlies Sep 25 '13 at 01:52 PM
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Note these may be stored under your Network/Contacts/Imported Contacts. At least in my case it showed a bunch of names/addresses from my email-account which I never did import. These kept coming up as "People you may know", even plain addresses... I deleted the bunch (you are not deleting your contacts) and the suggestions went away.
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    Carol Salmanson Sep 25 '13 at 03:31 PM
    Thank you so much, Marco!

    There are several hundred names in there. LinkedIn is making it difficult to delete them (it keeps adding some back in after I delete them, and then gives me "request errors"), but I am thrilled to get these out of my LI account, however long it ends up taking me. I also hope that LI truly deletes them, but that might be too much to ask...

    Thanks again!
    Dan Rosner Dec 23 '13 at 07:10 PM
    Under Filter By, I don't see Imported Contacts. Which sort of reinforces the notion that I never Imported anybody, and yet somehow linked in found them. Even if I did somehow inadvertantly allow it to munge the list- I want to get rid of those folks. I don't want it to suggest people from my address book, however it got them.
    Murat Divringi Apr 01 at 09:45 PM
    I am uninstalling LinkedIn applications from my Android devices - as I strongly suspect they are scraping the android address book - which means that's how they are getting my Google contact book despite having no explicit authorization.

    I do not have time to do network traces and a deep technical analysis of the matter but it stinks to high heaven and is definitely unauthorized in spirit - as linkedin knows also. They have zero trust of mine - and that actually will cost them as more and more people figure it out. This is not a FREE facebook account, I am already paying to have a Premium account - and don't need to get ripped off as a bonus.

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    Nicholas Louis Di Napoli, Sr. Sep 25 '13 at 04:29 PM
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    I too am noticing the same. I never added certain people that now show up. Now there has been talk that somehow Facebook and LinkedIn are sharing information. All conjecture im sure but my question is this - how would linked in know about a new email address for a nephew who has nothing to do with linked in? How do they know "people you may know" if they are NOT on linked in? New contacts that I email through outlook that were NOT included in my approved email sync years ago are showing up. How is this happening
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      Jimmy Guthrie Mar 03 at 03:28 PM
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      LEE SHAWHAN'S METHOD WORKED FOR ME! Could not "Delete All" (that would be too easy), I had to click each tiny square box and delete 50 or so at a time. When I had 88 left, I was able to Select All and delete them.

      Lee Shahwan MS, MBA
      This is what I discovered:

      Go to NETWORK & click on "ADD CONNECTIONS". In the upper right hand side of the next page you should see a link in fine blue color that says "Manage Imported Contacts”. Click on it. Now Linkedin downloads all the imported contacts from your personal email accounts (addresses), outlook contacts and anything they stole from you without your permission along with people that you contacted thru Linkedin with their email address.

      In other words any name with an associated email address from old address book or new is there. In my case there were 128 personal names that kept appearing to suggest connecting with. I even found on the list the people who have been dead for a long time & listed in my old address book. They were there....!

      So now you can select all or go thru the list in alphabetical order and decide which ones stay & which ones should be deleted.

      Look now at the bottom of that downloaded list & click on “DELETE SELECTED CONTACTS”. After you confirm you are sure to delete, the downloaded page is now empty of your personal contacts & the names shouldn't appear any more on suggested connections.
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        Lee Shahwan MS, MBA Mar 03 at 04:21 PM
        Glad it worked for you Jimmy. I found yesterday few personal names to connect to but they were not in the imported list. I just "Xed" them out. Hope they will not come back.
        Jimmy Guthrie Mar 03 at 05:12 PM
        Yes, Lee, I still see some "People you may know" from the old imported list, but I am Xing them out and hoping they don't return.
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        Brittney Elko Oct 10 '13 at 07:41 PM
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        I never sent out any invitations using my imported contacts yet all of these people keep appearing in my "people you may know" list - I close them out and they reappear seconds later - I went to my Imported Contacts and deleted the entire list yet they keep showing up - I even tried removing that mail account and linking to a new one that has no contacts but I still keep seeing them in People you may know - and AGAIN - I never sent out requests to any of these people so that is not the issue
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          Carol Salmanson Nov 14 '13 at 10:12 PM
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          Lee, that's the BEST answer! My problem seems to have solved itself and disappeared (or LinkedIn corrected it), but that's great information for everyone else who's been having the same issue.

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            Curtis Pokrant Jun 14 at 10:59 PM
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            After about a dozen back and forth emails with LinkedIn Trust & Safety, Customer Experience Team and Customer Experience Advocates, I have made progress.

            LinkedIn has removed the 2000+ imported contacts from my account's People You May Know feature. It is not clear if these imported contacts have been deleted or just hidden from this feature.

            I am still pressing LinkedIn to provide written verification that these imported contacts are entirely deleted everywhere at LinkedIn.

            I also wanted to know exactly which, if any, of these imported contacts were sent invitations by LinkedIn. If records are relevant and accurate to my request it appears none of these imported contacts were sent an invitation.

            In response to this latter request, LinkedIn requested I sign a "Data Consent Form" which was an digital document hosted at docusign.net authorizing release of information. In return I received the following files.

            The ImportLog confirms that the contacts were imported from my Android device.

            origin = MBC
            origin_description = mobile_contacts
            total_contacts_imported = 2041

            The origin is noted as "MBC" which must be code for the 3rd party app CardMunch which is what I suspect did the import on LinkedIn's behalf.

            The data released to me included the following Excel files with the fields indicated:

            1. ImportLog.xlsx

            2. Email Information.xlsx
            Member Name
            Member ID
            Email Address

            3. Invitations Sent.xlsx

            4. IP Logs.xlsx
            Member ID
            IP Address

            5. Member Information.xlsx
            Member Name
            Member ID
            Primary Email Address
            Sign-Up IP
            Registration Date
            Account Status
            Subscription Type
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              Carol Salmanson Sep 24 '13 at 07:51 PM
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              Thanks so very much, Charles.

              LinkedIn has thankfully never sent out invitations to connect in my name, I assume because I never gave it permission to access my contacts. I was very careful not to, as I once several years ago tried Facebook's android app and learned the lesson painfully -- it added all of my "friends" to my address book, to my horror.

              My concern is with the "People You May Know" list that pops up when I accept a connection request.

              I've been reading about the lawsuit because of the invitations, and am very grateful that I'm not one of them. So, happily, there is no need for me to withdraw any unauthorized invitations. But I still don't want LinkedIn combing through my personal contacts.

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                Charles Caro Sep 24 '13 at 07:44 PM
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                Contrary to what you contend at some point in the recent past you either opened or "synced" your email address book to LinkedIn for the purpose of sending out invitations and you clicked to proceed with the operation before you fully read and understood what was about to happen.

                In opening your email address book to LinkedIn without fully reading the instructions you explicitly allowed LinkedIn to send an invitation to *every* email address stored in your email address book. Many email clients default to automatically saving the email address from every message received, which is all too frequently unknown by the user.

                LinkedIn not only sent an invitation to each of the email addresses in your email address book but also LinkedIn will send out two (2) invitation reminders to each email address in your email address book.

                If you have any doubt regarding whether or not the invitations came from your account take a look at your "pending" invitations. Click on the "Inbox" link at the top of your LinkedIn homepage. Then click the "Invitations" tab and finally the "Sent" link appearing to the left side of the screen. You will see a list of all of the invitations sent through your account. If you don't see an "Accepted" associated with the message, it is a "pending" invitation, which you can open and use the "withdraw" feature. The only way an invitation gets into the "Inbox/Invitations/Sent" folder is when the member authorizes the invitation to be sent, and that can happen only when the member provides their email password to LinkedIn. LinkedIn has absolutely no way of accessing a member's email address book unless the member gives LinkedIn access. You may not recognize all of the names on the invitations because the "default" setting for most email clients is to "save" the email address for *all* inbound messages regardless of whether or not the user "replies" or moves the message to the "junk" folder. The whole "open your email address book" feature is seriously flawed in its design and implementation, but ultimately once the invitations go out it is the member's problem.

                The *only* way you can stop the invitation reminders from going out is by going to your LinkedIn "Inbox/Invitations/Sent" folder where you must open each pending invitation and click on the "Withdraw" option. This must be done for each pending invitation on a one-by-one basis.

                While it is true LinkedIn Customer Service can do the "withdraw" procedure with fewer keystrokes than a member it is important to remember it now takes LinkedIn Customer Service staffers up to 7-10 days to get to and process any service ticket, and all service tickets are handled on a strict FIFO basis regardless of where the service ticket originates. In the meantime LinkedIn will continue to send out the reminder invitations, and the recipients will have additional opportunity to respond to the invitation(s) by clicking on the "Report Spam" or "I Don't Know" options, which will ultimately lead to your account being restricted.
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                  Bernard Gore Sep 24 '13 at 10:09 PM
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                  You did give permission, because LinkedIn can only access those if it has your email password.
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                    Chuck Bowden Feb 10 at 04:27 PM
                    Not true. I would NEVER give my email to anyone. I don't "Sign in using Facebook" or "Sign in using Google," both of which are designed to get you to reveal your email password so what you're signing into an grab your email addresses. I still get the unwelcome LinkedIn "people you may know" nuisance.

                    It's too bad that there is so much software design effort across the web being directed towards surreptitiously extracting personal information in order to sell it for profit. At least Linked In is benign compared to phony Affordable Health Care lookalike sites that get people to reveal their medical histories so they can sell the data to insurance companies, bypassing HIPAA laws protecting our personal information. It really is the Wild West. Caveat Emptor.
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                    Carol Salmanson Sep 24 '13 at 10:12 PM
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                    Not only have I never given it my password (a paranoia of mine would preclude that), but I've changed it several times since I signed up for LinkedIn. And some of the "People I Know" are total Luddites who are barely on email, much less any kind of networking site.

                    The only thing I can think of is if it took my entire address book at the time I signed up, and saved it in my account. In which case, is there a way to remove all of that information from my account? As I've said, LI isn't inviting people to connect without my knowledge. Thankfully.
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