Re: I knew there was a reason
> removing myself from Linkedin
I assume you got confirmation that all copies of your profile were deleted, backups and history of changes included?.
Colour me cynical, but I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of such account deactivations fall in this bucket, and the bucket where your data is actually deleted is a lot harder to get into. From the account deletion page:
Closing your account means permanently deleting your profile and removing access to all your LinkedIn information from our site
Then further down is:
You can reopen your account in most cases if it's been closed less than 20 days, but we're unable to recover the following even if you reopen your account:
Endorsements and recommendations
Ignored or pending invitations
Followings (Influencers, Companies, etc.)
Which effectively states that they are not deleting *any* of your personal data, just not showing it on the interwebs. They still have that data to use for whatever internal purpose they desire - be it training AI to write CVs, or any other research purpose. Add to which they probably store the account history changelog, so it probably doesn't really impact things if you first change all your data to junk like "Professional Human Cannonball" before requesting the account termination.
Local data protection laws may override this behaviour in some jurisdictions - perhaps worth asking them what they have on you now that your account is terminated (assuming they are obliged to answer and can't wriggle out of it by transferring the info to a separate legal entity that's in a different jurisdiction that isn't subject to the same rules by some legal loopholing - IANAL, YMMV, etc...)...