Microsoft has launched a new program to allow users to share their personal data with other LinkedIn users and their company.
The move will be seen by some as an attempt to curb some of the privacy concerns that have been raised around LinkedIn in recent months, as companies including Facebook and Google have been forced to turn over user data in response to data requests from government regulators.
Microsoft’s new program will let people submit data for inclusion in other LinkedIn accounts, but it will also be used for personal reasons, like when someone requests personal data from a friend or family member, Microsoft said.
“We’ve always thought it was important to offer a safe and secure platform for our community to share the information that’s important to them, and we’re excited to start building a broader set of community-centric products and services to bring this to life,” the company said in a statement.
Microsoft says it will offer more personal data in the future, but only after LinkedIn users submit a request.
Microsoft will make this data available to LinkedIn’s users as part of a new “personal data marketplace,” which will enable the sharing of information about other people, including their financial information, medical conditions and other personal data.
Microsoft said it will not be using the data to identify individual users or companies.
Instead, it will be used to help the company create better product and service offerings.
Microsoft is also working with LinkedIn on a series of other privacy-related initiatives, including an effort to better manage data in real time and an effort that could make it easier for users to report issues with LinkedIn’s service.
Microsoft has been working on improving its privacy tools for more than a year, according to the company.
The company has been building a series “security tools” to help developers better protect their applications against malicious attacks.
Microsoft recently announced it had hired a cybersecurity expert to help it develop its new products.