Somebody send me the screen shot below asking: "It's nothing like you to give somebody access to your e-mail, is this really correct?" The answer? It indeed is nothing linke me, and I never gave LinkedIn access to my e-mail or contacts, but the website nonetheless deems it okay to communicate to others that I did.
This thing led me to quite a search for LinkedIn settings, to see if it had somehow managed to link to my e-mail account or contacts. Nothing indicates so, and the settings don't show any connected sources apart from LinkedIn itself.
Depending on your level of paranoia, I see three levels in how Linkedin got to say this:
- Accidental mistake from LinkedIn, e.g., the algorithm fails to check whether or not someone gave LinkedIn actual access to his/her contacts
- Intentional misleading statement from LinkedIn, e.g., to create social pressure to link e-mail addresses, even though others are not actually using this...