Those pesky bots are at it again, this time scraping data from your LinkedIn profile that could land you in hot water with your boss...and there is nothing you can do about it.
There are many different types of bots, some good, some bad. It's reported that bad bots represent more than 35% of all bot traffic on the internet. These include website scrapers and spam bots. Scrapers lift content from reputable sites, such as LinkedIn, and can publish it to other sites without permission of the original site...or you.
But not all bots are bad. As customer interactions move more to conversational interfaces, organisations are deploying bots as part of their future strategy to take advantages of the large data sets they possess to drive targeted customer or business outcomes.
Today's increasing privacy-conscious times have given rise to the new EU-US Privacy Shield (Safe Harbor agreement replacement) and General Data Protection Regulation, putting data usage ever more in the spotlight. This raises the question, "How do we ensure bots processes data in a way that safeguards privacy and trust?"
While there is no simple quick fix to the broader question, my advice when dealing with social media outlets and sites such as LinkedIn is simple, don't publish content you don't want to be shared.
So you’re considering changing jobs and quietly make a couple of changes to your LinkedIn profile to ensure it is looking its best for any potential new employer. But then a third-party service spots that change and alerts your bosses. Uh oh.