Thursday, November 17, 2016
Russia has banned LinkedIn
Russia has banned LinkedIn, the Financial Times (FT) reports.
Russia's communications watchdog Roskomnadzor has reportedly added the social network to a list of blacklisted websites.
As a result, internet service providers in Russia will have to start blocking access to the website, which allows people to find jobs and create an online CV.
Legislation was enforced in Russia in 2014 that made it mandatory for internet companies to store Russian users' personal data on servers in Russia.
A Moscow court ruled last week that LinkedIn is currently not complying with the country's data laws. The court ruling reportedly "paves the way" for the site to be banned across Russia.
Roskomnadzor and LinkedIn have reportedly refused to discuss the matter with one another.
More than 6 million people in Russia are registered LinkedIn users, according to Reuters. It is the first major social network to be blocked in Russia and it could set a precedent for the way US tech giants operate in the country.
Silicon Valley firms like Google and Apple do store Russian users' data on servers in Russia but companies like Facebook and Twitter are yet to comply with the country's data laws, despite repeated threats of a ban.
Roskomnadzor has blocked a number of other sites in Russia. Wikipedia was banned last year for several days after it featured an article on cannabis smoking, for example. Pornography websites YouPorn and Pornhub were also blocked by Roskomnadzor in September.
A LinkedIn spokesperson told Business Insider: "LinkedIn’s vision is to create economic opportunity for the entire global workforce. We are starting to hear from members in Russia that they can no longer access LinkedIn.
"Roskomnadzor's action to block LinkedIn denies access to 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."
Vadim Ampelonskiy, press-secretary of Roscomnadzor, told Business Insider: "LinkedIn has been banned today after a court decision. They violate Russian law not storing personal data of Russian sitizens within Russia."