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Who owns your LinkedIn profile?

The answer is… that it depends, unless you’ve got a policy in place, employers will struggle to establish “ownership” of, or a right to control an employee’s (personal) LinkedIn profile and content. However, there is scope to manage employee use of LinkedIn and other professional networking apps by taking steps like

  1. Creating a policy in conjunction with your team
  2. Give employees a dedicated LinkedIn account during their employment, to be used only for the business’s purposes
  3. Consider whether to include a non-solicitation restraint of trade – including explicit prohibitions on the use of clients contacts collected in a LinkedIn account

Given the risks associated with professional networking sites, we recommend that you explore this option.  If you think you need to know more give us a call.

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