Russia to block LinkedIn after the court ruling

MOSCOW, Russia - LinkedIn, the professional networking site will soon be banned in Russia following a court ruling on grounds of protection of the citizen’s information.  The ...


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MOSCOW, Russia - LinkedIn, the professional networking site will soon be banned in Russia following a court ruling on grounds of protection of the citizen’s information. 

The website, which refused to move its personal data storage to the country will face termination of further activity, the country’s communication watchdog, Roskomnadzor said. 

According to the new set of laws drafted by the country’s legislators in September 2015, LinkedIn has been violating the two major rules, which is storing personal data within the countries premises and processing information of third parties who are not registered to the website. 

The data localisation law has brought about several changes thus affecting several social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Alphabet’s Google and their policies. 

The online reservations site, booking.com had agreed to move their data storage into the country, however, Facebook hasn’t made any such claims yet.

The rules were earlier framed in order to protect the users from hackers, however, they are also used against international companies in order to hand over information about the users which is strictly against the company’s policies to share with other institutions.

The U.S. based company, that is soon to be bought by Microsoft, claimed that the decision would hurt several of its users in the country and would cause dismay for those who benefit from the services. 

A LinkedIn spokesperson was quoted as saying, “LinkedIn’s vision is to create economic opportunity for the entire global workforce. The Russian court’s decision has the potential to deny access to LinkedIn for the millions of members we have in Russia and the companies that use LinkedIn to grow their businesses. We remain interested in a meeting with Roskomnadzor to discuss their data localisation request.” 

The RIA news agency quoted the telecommunications spokesperson who stated that the country would block its access to the website within one week after the court's hearing. 

Several websites have been battling against policies and rules framed by different countries over the globe. 

Europe’s vision to regulate what can and cannot be viewed on the internet and several other countries taking over the internet scene have directly affected the growth of the internet and companies that rely on an online recognition. 

Several other companies such as Facebook and Twitter do not store data locally, however, the country has focussed and steered its attention towards LinkedIn fully in order to place the ban.

 

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