Moscow Court rules to ban LinkedIn in Russia

LinkedIn's refusal to store data of Russian citizens within Russia will see them "LinkedOut" soon. (Image credit: Anna Yazijyan)

Yesterday’s decision to block the popular social network platform was based on a dispute between the corporation and Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor, which requires all companies to store personal data of Russian citizens within the country

Roskomnadzor will proceed with blocking LinkedIn Russia as soon as it receives the court’s decision. According to the agency’s spokesman, the regulator will now enter LinkedIn into a special registry of websites that are in violation of the data localization law. The website will be blocked in Russia three working days after that.

Earlier this year, a lower court ruled in favor of Roskomnadzor, saying that LinkedIn did not comply with Russian law on two counts: by not storing information about Russians on servers inside the country, and by processing information about third parties who are not registered on the site and have not signed the company’s user agreement, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Interestingly, the conflict arose at a time of debate in Washington over how the US might react to what American security officials said was the Kremlin’s hacking of emails from the Democratic National Committee and other digital interference in the presidential election.

Russia has been increasing regulatory pressure on businesses in political disputes for quite some time now. The case began in August, before Trump’s victory in Tuesday’s presidential election, and there is currently no connection between the LinkedIn case and the hacking scandal, The New York Times reports.

“‘LinkedIn’s vision is to create economic opportunity for the entire global workforce,” LinkedIn Corporation said in a statement.

“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 localization request.”

Russia’s main antitrust regulator, the Federal Antimonopoly Service, also announced yesterday it had opened a case against Microsoft Corporation, which is in the process of concluding a $26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn.

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