Whenever I mention that you have the ability to export your connections details into a CSV file at presentations or workshops, there is usually an “ooh, ahh!” noise, however, I usually have one or two people who feel that it is against data protection regulations to use this information.
I am not sure who is right, and there is a bit of uncertainty, especially if you speak to anyone who is in the legal sector, but I ask you the question:-
- Why would LinkedIn allow you to export the data if you were not allowed to use it?
- As you have connected with someone on LinkedIn, doesn't that give you the right to email them?
This video explains how to export your LinkedIn connections into a CSV database, but it also gives you some ideas on how to use that data.
As promised, here is the link of the video that shows you the exact process: https://www.green-umbrella.biz/2014/03/export-connections-linkedin-new/
We would also recommend speaking to HRC Law, ask for Simon Whitehead, if you have any legal questions about this topic. http://www.hrclaw.co.uk/