For most recruiters, LinkedIn’s updated user agreement that goes into effect Thursday doesn’t change much. Recruiter customers will still be able to search for candidates, download profiles, send InMails, and generally source as they have before.
The biggest change is that LinkedIn says you own the content you post on the site. That, and the simplicity and clarity of the wording of the updated terms of service, have earned LinkedIn kudos with one writer calling the changes “monumental for the industry.” More about that later.
For recruiters who use LinkedIn mostly or exclusively for sourcing, the impact of the updated TOS is minimal. The most significant addition is one that limits the use of information in member profiles. It bans sharing or disclosing “information of others without their express consent.” That’s a restriction that doesn’t apply to Talent Solutions customers, but it does to others. A recruiter who captures information from a public profile could, technically, be found in violation of the TOS, however policing such a casual use is practically impossible. More likely, the provision is there to backstop the prohibition against the wholesale downloading or scraping of member information, as was the case with HiringSolved.