--- author: email: mail@petermolnar.net image: https://petermolnar.net/favicon.jpg name: Peter Molnar url: https://petermolnar.net copies: - http://web.archive.org/web/20180114124716/https://petermolnar.net/linkedin-public-settings-ignored/ lang: en published: '2018-01-14T12:00:00+00:00' summary: Logged out users are prevented from reaching LinkedIn profiles set to complete public visibility tags: - internet title: LinkedIn is ignoring user settings --- A few days ago, on the \#indieweb Freenode channel[^1] one of the users asked if we knew an indieweb-friendly way of getting data out of LinkedIn. I wasn't paying attention to any recent news related to LinkedIn, though I've heard a few things, such as they are struggling to prevent data scraping: the note mentioned that they believe it's a problem that employers keep an eye on changes in LinkedIn profiles via 3rd party. This, indeed, can be an issue, but there are ways to manage this within LinkedIn: your public profile settings[^2]. In my case, this was set to visible to everyone for years, and by the time I had to set it up (again: years), it was working as intended. But a few days ago, for my surprise, visiting my profile while logged out resulted in this: ![LinkedIn showing a paywall-like 'authwall' for profiles set explicitly to public for everyone](linkedin-public-profile-issues-authwall.png) and this: ``` {.bash} $ wget -O- https://www.linkedin.com/in/petermolnareu --2018-01-14 10:26:12-- https://www.linkedin.com/in/petermolnareu Resolving www.linkedin.com (www.linkedin.com)... 91.225.248.129, 2620:109:c00c:104::b93f:9001 Connecting to www.linkedin.com (www.linkedin.com)|91.225.248.129|:443... connected. HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 999 Request denied 2018-01-14 10:26:12 ERROR 999: Request denied. ``` or this: ``` {.bash} $ curl https://www.linkedin.com/in/petermolnareu ``` So I started digging. According to the LinkedIn FAQ[^3] there is a page where you can set your profile's public visibility. Those settings, for me, were still set to: ![LinkedIn public profile settings](linkedin-public-profile-issues-settings.png) Despite the settings, there is no public profile for logged out users. I'd like to understand what it going on, because so far, this looks like a fat lie from LinkedIn. Hopefully just a bug. UPDATE ------ ~~I tried setting referrers and user agents, used different IP addresses, still nothing.~~ I can't type today and managed to mistype `https://google.com` - the referrer ended up as `https:/google.com`. So, following the notes on HN, setting a referrer to Google sometimes works. After a few failures it will lock you out again, referrer or not. This is even uglier if it was a proper authwall for everyone. ``` {.bash} curl 'https://www.linkedin.com/in/petermolnareu' \ -e 'https://google.com/' \ -H 'accept-encoding: text' -H \ 'accept-language: en-US,en;q=0.9,' \ -H 'user-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/63.0.3239.132 Safari/537.36' ``` ``` {.html} ... ``` [^1]: [^2]: [^3]: