Public Sector

This LinkedIn Subscription Agreement (“LSA”), governs any ordering document executed by the customer identified in that ordering document (“Customer”) and the LinkedIn company identified in that ordering document (“LinkedIn”).  This LSA, the applicable ordering document, and any other incorporated terms, comprise the complete understanding between the parties on the subject matter (“Agreement”).

This LSA is designed to address the unique concerns of a Public Sector Entity and is not applicable to private entities. “Public Sector Entity” means any federal, state, or local government unit, agency, political subdivision or instrumentality. If Customer is not a Public Sector Entity, then LinkedIn's standard terms and conditions located at: will supersede this LSA and govern all ordering documents between the parties.


1.1      Ordering Services. Customer may access and use the subscription and advertising services offered via LinkedIn’s websites to the extent and for the term stated in the ordering document (“Services”). Customer may allow its Affiliate to order Services under the terms of this LSA only if Customer informs LinkedIn in writing of the specific Affiliate authorized to do so. That authorized Affiliate will be (a) deemed a “Customer” for that order only; and (b) jointly and severally liable with Customer for its use of the Services and compliance with the Agreement. “Affiliate” means an entity that Controls, is Controlled by, or is under common Control with, a party. “Control” means direct or indirect ownership of (i) more than 50% of an entity’s voting interest; or (ii) the right to receive more than fifty percent (50%) of an entity’s profits.

1.2      Payment and Taxes. Customer will pay the fees for the Services in accordance with the payment terms stated in the ordering document. Customer’s purchases are non-cancelable and payment for Services is non-refundable, except as otherwise stated in this LSA. Customer will pay or reimburse LinkedIn for all federal, state, and local taxes, including sales, use, gross receipts, VAT, levy, GST, or similar transaction taxes imposed on Customer’s purchase of Services, unless Customer provides LinkedIn with a valid tax exemption certificate.  All taxes payable by Customer will be separately stated and exclusive of the fees. Customer will have no liability for taxes that are statutorily imposed on LinkedIn, including taxes or fees measured by LinkedIn’s net or gross income. 


2.1.  Use of Services. LinkedIn shall provide Customer access to the Services in accordance with the Agreement. Customer will use the Services solely for its intended purpose, and as outlined in LinkedIn’s service-specific terms (“Service Terms”). Unless otherwise stated in the Agreement, only Customer-designated employees and contractors are authorized to use the Services (“Customer User”) and must be a Member when accessing Services through A “Member” is an individual who signs-up to use LinkedIn’s services under LinkedIn’s user agreement, currently available at, as amended by LinkedIn from time to time (“User Agreement”). The terms of the User Agreement are incorporated into this LSA. Customer will ensure that Customer Users comply with the User Agreement when using the Service within the scope of their employment. Customer may only use the Services for Customer’s internal use. Customer will not provide access to the Services to any third party, except that Customer may allow its Affiliates to access and use the Services if Customer is fully liable for its Affiliates’ use of the Services and compliance with the Agreement. Customer will promptly and without undue delay notify LinkedIn upon learning of any unauthorized use of the Services or any other breach of security related to the Services. Customer may use information about Members that it collects in connection with its use of the Services only as needed for use of the Services and as expressly permitted in this LSA. LinkedIn may communicate to Customer Users about the Services, including how to use the Services.

2.2.  Provision of Services. Customer is responsible for providing LinkedIn with the information necessary for LinkedIn to provide the Services. Customer is solely responsible for the accuracy, quality and legality of such information. If a Service must integrate with third-party systems or applications used by Customer (e.g. an applicant tracking system, “ATS” or a customer relationship management system, “CRM”), Customer is solely responsible for the integration and related activities. LinkedIn disclaims any and all liability for the use of third-party systems or applications residing outside LinkedIn’s systems.

2.3.  Data Protection. If LinkedIn processes Personal Data (as defined in Section 1 of the DPA) on behalf of Customer pursuant to this Agreement, then LinkedIn and Customer will comply with the terms of the LinkedIn Data Processing Agreement, currently available at (“DPA”), the terms of which are incorporated into this LSA.  

2.4.  Compliance with Laws. The parties will comply with all applicable Data Protection Requirements (as defined in Section 1 of the DPA) and all international, federal, state, provincial and local laws relating to (a) corruption practice, bribery, and acts contrary to the public administration including the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, 15 U.S.C. § 78dd-1, et seq.; and (b) discrimination against employees or job applicants based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, veteran status or disability. LinkedIn is enrolled in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify program regarding the immigration and employment eligibility of newly hired employees.


3.1      Definition. “Confidential Information” means any information disclosed under the Agreement that (a) if tangible, is clearly marked as “Confidential” or with a similar designation; (b) if intangible, is identified as “Confidential” by discloser at the time of disclosure and confirmed in writing to recipient as being Confidential Information; or (c) from the relevant circumstances should reasonably be known by recipient to be confidential (e.g. pricing, non-public Personal Data, etc.). Confidential Information does not include any portion of the information that recipient can prove (a) was rightfully known to recipient before receipt from discloser; (b) was generally known to the public on the Effective Date; (c) becomes generally known to the public after the Effective Date, through no fault of recipient; (d) was received by recipient from a third party without any confidentiality obligation; or (e) was independently developed by recipient without breach of this Section 3. For Customers located in the United States, LinkedIn acknowledges that Customer is subject to certain mandatory disclosure requirements under applicable federal and state freedom of information laws, including the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552, et seq., as amended. For all other Customers, LinkedIn acknowledges that Customer is subject to certain mandatory disclosure requirements under applicable freedom of information laws in Customer’s home jurisdiction. Customer acknowledges that certain information provided by LinkedIn during the performance of this Agreement may contain trade secrets and confidential commercial or financial information exempt from the mandatory disclosure requirements under applicable freedom of information laws.

3.2      Limited Use and Non-Disclosure. Recipient will (a) use Confidential Information only for the purposes of furthering the business relationship between the parties; (b) protect Confidential Information using the same degree of care it uses to protect its own confidential information of a like nature, but in no event less than a reasonable degree of care; (c) not disclose Confidential Information to any third party except (1) to Affiliates or employees, students, consultants, and agents who (i) have a need to know it in order to carry out their obligations under the Agreement, and (ii) are under written confidentiality and non-use obligations at least as restrictive as those stated in this LSA or (2) as required by law; and (d) not modify, reverse engineer, decompile, create other works from, or disassemble any Confidential Information, to the extent applicable, unless authorized in writing by discloser. 


No right, title or interest in any intellectual property right transfers to the other party, except for the limited rights stated in the Agreement. Customer is not obligated to provide LinkedIn or its Affiliates with any suggestions, enhancement requests, or other feedback about the Services or related technology. However, if Customer does provide any feedback to LinkedIn, LinkedIn may use and modify it without any restriction or payment. 


5.1      Term. This LSA is effective on the date the first ordering document is executed by Customer and LinkedIn (“Effective Date”) and remains in effect until terminated.

5.2      Termination and Suspension. Either party may terminate this LSA or an ordering document if the other party materially breaches the Agreement and fails to cure the breach within 30 days after receiving notice of the breach. LinkedIn may suspend Customer’s access to the Services if Customer is in breach of the Agreement and the suspension will continue for as long as reasonably necessary for Customer to remedy the breach. If all ordering documents under this LSA have expired or been terminated, then either party may terminate this LSA for convenience by providing written notice to the other party.  

5.3      Effect of Termination. Termination of this LSA or an ordering document will not relieve Customer from its obligation to pay LinkedIn any fees stated in an ordering document, excluding termination by Customer for LinkedIn’s uncured material breach of this LSA. If Customer terminates this LSA or an ordering document because of LinkedIn’s uncured material breach, LinkedIn will refund a pro-rata share of any pre-paid fees under the applicable ordering document. Customer will notify Customer Users that their access to the applicable Services has terminated and LinkedIn may remove or discard all content that Customer uploaded or otherwise made available to LinkedIn in accordance with LinkedIn’s DPA and policies. Termination of an ordering document does not terminate this LSA; however, termination of this LSA will result in the immediate termination of all ordering documents. The provisions of this LSA that by their nature extend beyond the termination of this LSA will survive termination of this LSA.


LinkedIn makes no representation or warranty about the Services, including any representation that the Services will be uninterrupted or error-free. To the fullest extent permitted under applicable law, LinkedIn disclaims any implied or statutory warranty, including any implied warranty of title, non-infringement, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. 


7.1      LinkedIn Liability. LinkedIn will be responsible for any damages resulting from (a) the negligent acts or omissions of LinkedIn, its employees, or agents; and (b) the Services’ infringement of a third party’s intellectual property right.

7.2      Customer Liability. To the extent legally liable and permitted by law, Customer will be responsible for any damages resulting from (a) the negligent acts or omissions of Customer, its Customer Users, or agents; (b) claims made or brought against LinkedIn by a third party alleging that (i) the Customer Personal Data or LinkedIn’s transmission or hosting of the Customer Personal Data infringes or violates the rights of the third party; or (ii) Customer’s use of the Services in violation of the Agreement infringes or violates the rights of the third party; or (c) Customer’s failure to comply with applicable laws, rules or regulations in its performance under the Agreement.


8.1     Damages Waiver.  Subject to Section 8.3, to the fullest extent permitted by law, neither party, including its respective Affiliates, will be liable to the other in connection with the Agreement for lost profits or lost business opportunities, loss of data, or any indirect, incidental, consequential, special or punitive damages.  LinkedIn will be liable for Personal Data Breaches (as defined in Section 1 of the DPA) that result from LinkedIn’s negligence, gross negligence, intentional misconduct or fraud.

8.2     Liability Cap. Subject to Section 8.3, neither party, including its respective Affiliates, will be liable to the other in connection with the Agreement for an amount that exceeds the total fees paid or payable to LinkedIn during the 12-month period before the event giving rise to the liability.

8.3     Exclusions. The limitations of liability stated in sections 8.1 and 8.2 do not apply to a party’s (a) confidentiality obligations; (b) liability for fraud, gross negligence or intentional misconduct; (c) liability for death or personal injury; (d) violation of the other party’s intellectual property rights; or (e) liability for a Personal Data Breach caused by LinkedIn’ negligent acts or omissions.

8.4     Sovereign Immunity. The parties recognize that Customer is a Public Sector Entity, and nothing in this LSA is intended to waive or diminish Customer’s rights under principles of Sovereign Immunity, as established by law.


The Agreement is governed by the laws of Customer’s home jurisdiction. The prevailing party may seek to recover its legal fees and costs. If the Customer is a United Nations program, fund, or specialized agency, then any dispute or claim related to the Agreement, including a claim of breach (unless settled by direct negotiation), will be settled in accordance with the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. Any resulting arbitration award will be binding on the parties and final. If during a direct negotiation the parties wish to seek an amicable settlement of the dispute or claim by conciliation, the conciliation will take place in accordance with the UNCITRAL Conciliation Rules.


If a conflict exists between any of the terms in the Agreement, then the ordering document will govern, followed by the DPA, this LSA, the Service Terms, and finally the User Agreement. Neither party relies on any undertaking, promise, assurance, statement, representation, warranty or understanding of any person relating to the subject matter of the Agreement, other than as stated in the Agreement. Notices will be provided in writing and delivered by commercial overnight courier to the address of the other party stated on the ordering document, unless otherwise stated in the Agreement. Notices are effective on the date of delivery as indicated in the records of the courier. The Agreement does not create a partnership, agency relationship, or joint venture between the parties. Neither party has the power or authority to bind the other or to create any obligation or responsibility on behalf of the other. Under no circumstances will any employee of one party be deemed to be the employee of the other. Neither party will assign the Agreement in whole or in part without the other party’s prior written consent (which consent will not be unreasonably denied, delayed or conditioned), except to an Affiliate or a successor that is not a competitor of the non-assigning party, made in connection with a merger or sale of all or substantially all of a party’s assets or stock. Any attempted assignment in violation of this restriction is void. The Agreement shall bind and inure to the benefit of the parties, their respective successors and permitted assigns. Customer will provide LinkedIn written notification if Customer is purchasing Services through a LinkedIn approved agency. If Customer is an agency binding a client under this LSA, Customer (a) represents and warrants that it has the authority to bind the client under this LSA; (b) will notify LinkedIn in writing of the name and address of its client that will access and use the Services; and (c) remains jointly and severally liable for all of Customer’s obligations under the Agreement. If the Agreement is translated into a language other than English, the translation is for convenience only, and the English language version will govern. LinkedIn may remotely monitor Customer’s use of the Services to ensure compliance with the Agreement. If any provision of the Agreement is unenforceable, that provision will be modified to render it enforceable to the extent possible to give effect to the parties’ intentions and the remaining provisions will not be affected. The parties may amend the Agreement only in a written amendment signed by both parties, except for the User Agreement and Service Terms, which may be modified in accordance with their terms. If this LSA will be executed then it can be executed electronically and in counterparts, each of which is deemed to be an original and together comprise a single document. Each party represents and warrants that the individual binding a party under this LSA is authorized to do so.

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Last Updated: August 14, 2018