Russia Bans LinkedIn for Violating Data Protection Laws

Russia Bans LinkedIn for Violating Data Protection Laws

by Tom Brant, PC Mag

The move could be a warning to other US tech companies.

Russians could soon lose access to LinkedIn, following a court decision this week that found the professional social network to be in violation of the country’s data protection laws.

Last year, Russia passed a law requiring any personal data on Russian citizens collected by companies to be stored within the country, the New York Times reports. A Moscow court on Thursday upheld a previous ruling that LinkedIn does not meet that requirement, and Internet service providers could start blocking the site as early as Monday.

Roskomnadzor, the country’s telecommunications watchdog, targeted LinkedIn specifically for its failure to comply with the new data rules, perhaps as a warning to Facebook and other tech companies. LinkedIn’s Russian users account for around 10 percent of its total 467 million user base, and the company could still appeal the decision, the Times notes.

“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,” Anoek Eckhardt, a company spokeswoman, told the Times. “We remain interested in a meeting with Roskomnadzor to discuss their data localization request.”

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