Disable LinkedIn Contact Sync in Office 365 (Exchange Online)

Office 365 gives users the ability to synchronize their LinkedIn contacts to Office 365. Those contacts are listed as contacts in People in Office 365. Many security conscious organizations want to prevent data leakage and the accidental forwarding of emails outside the organization. The though is that if these contacts are not synchronized, then the chances of accidental forwarding will not happen. I will leave it up to you to decide, but I have had partners ask for this to be disabled.

To learn more about this feature, visit the site below.

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Manage-LinkedIn-contact-sync-in-your-organization-8097C125-8628-4453-8138-BAEC6438863F

Disable LinkedIn Contact Sync in Office 365 (Exchange Online)

Login to the Office Admin Center

On the left navigation menu, click Admin Centers

Click Exchange

In the Exchange Admin Center, click Permissions on the left navigation menu

Click Outlook Web App policies

Double click OwaMailboxPolicy-Default policy

  • If you have more than one policy, you may have to edit all the policies. Chances are that if you have more than one policy you also know what all those policies are for and will edit accordingly.

On the Outlook Web App policies window, click Features

Uncheck LinkedIn Contact Sync

Click Save

The user experience now changes and the option to connect to social networks is now removed.

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