Here is a list, and sometimes a commentary about, some things you may not be aware of regarding LinkedIn terms and conditions. Try not to violate them or you might be punished or even banned. In addition there are some bad practices should should generally avoid. Practicing them is not good practices if you wish to maximize your networking strategies.
Section 10. LINKEDIN USER “DOS” and “DON’TS.” B. Don’t undertake the following:
2. Publish inaccurate information in the designated fields on the profile form (e.g., do not include a link or an email address in the name field).
6. Upload a profile image that is not your likeness or a head-shot photo;
SWAM – System Wide Auto-Moderation
Play nice in the sandbox for if you tick someone off (a group owner) they can send you to the penalty box. Thereafter you need to be moderated for starting discussions or even commenting. So beware! It has happened to me and LinkedIn Help empathized but could do nothing about it.
LinkedIn Police – Where Are They When You Need Them?
Violation of terms and conditions can, of course, lead to termination of service. Is it worth it to you taking that risk? Not me! The benefits far outweigh the negatives.
Mutual rights of termination.
You may terminate this Agreement, for any or no reason, at any time, with notice to LinkedIn pursuant to Section 9.C. This notice will be effective upon LinkedIn processing your notice. LinkedIn may terminate the Agreement and your account for any reason or no reason, at any time, with or without notice. This cancellation shall be effective immediately or as may be specified in the notice. For avoidance of doubt, only LinkedIn or the party paying for the services may terminate your access to any Premium Services. Termination of your LinkedIn account includes disabling your access to LinkedIn and may also bar you from any future use of LinkedIn.
Misuse of the Services.
LinkedIn may restrict, suspend or terminate the account of any User who abuses or misuses the Services. Misuse of the Services includes inviting other Users with whom you do not know to connect; abusing the LinkedIn messaging services; creating multiple or false profiles; using the Services commercially without LinkedIn’s authorization, infringing any intellectual property rights, violating any of the Do’s and Don’ts listed in Section 10, or any other behavior that LinkedIn, in its sole discretion, deems contrary to its purpose. In addition, and without limiting the foregoing, LinkedIn has adopted a policy of terminating accounts of Users who, in LinkedIn’s sole discretion, are deemed to be repeat infringers under the United States Copyright Act.
Taken directly from the LinkedIn User Agreement.
Last update: August 15, 2014