LinkedIn Faces Ban In Russia

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Professional social network LinkedIn might no longer be accessible in Russia as the country moves to ban it.

Russia had previously banned the storage of its citizens data on servers outside the country, and is now blocking access to LinkekdIn after the company refused to do so.

“The access will be shut within days,” a statement from Russia’s communication body, Roskomnadzor said. “LinkedIn failed to provide documents on moving personal databases to Russia.”

In a statement by LinkedIn, the company revealed that they had sent a proposal to the Roskomnadzor to settle the issue.

“LinkedIn’s vision is to create economic opportunity for the entire global workforce,” it reads. “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 have today again requested a meeting with Roskomnadzor to discuss their data localization request and we understand they are reviewing this proposal at the present time.”

Companies like Google, Amazon and Uber have already complied with Russia’s request, moving personal data storage into the country. According to reports, companies like Facebook and Twitter are yet to comply, and are next on Roskomnadzor’s list.

“This also concerns Facebook, Twitter and all foreign companies,” President Vladimir Putin’s adviser on internet issues said.



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