LINKEDIN CRACKDOWN: Russia BLOCKS networking site in landmark court ruling
RUSSIA has banned professional networking website LinkedIn from operating in Moscow in a landmark court ruling.By Zoie O’BrienPUBLISHED: 18:08, Thu, Nov 10, 2016 | UPDATED: 19:01, Thu, Nov 10, 2016
GETTYRussia has blocked the use of LinkedIn over the company’s alleged refusal to abide by new law
The capital’s city court upheld a decision to block the website from operating because it refused to store data on citizens inside Vladamir Putin’s country.
LinkedIn allegedly defies a rule brought in in Russia in September 2015 which means all companies must keep tabs on its users.
Russia’s communications regulator, Roskomnadzor said LinkedIn had failed to comply with the data privacy law.
GETTYA court decision over LinkedIn was upheld in Moscow after company accused of law break
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Another factor was the court holding information on third persons who aren’t registered on the site without their consent.
Roskomnadzor spokesman Vadim Ampelonskiy said: “As soon as we receive a declaration of intent from the court, we will include LinkedIn.com on the register of violators of the right of data privacy and forward notification of blocking the resource to the operators.”
The case follows on from a ruling handed down in a smaller Russian court.
Earlier this year it was ruled Roskomnadzor's claims should be supported.
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The court claimed LinkedIn interfered with rights and freedoms of citizens.
Russia has famously clashed with social media companies including Facebook and Twitter who have resisted installing data centres on Russian soil.
Alexander Zharov, head of Roskomnadzor, said Russia will not single out US companies.
He said: “We are planning to make an absolutely ordinary case. Since LinkedIn has ignored our letters when we were inviting them to discuss the issue of personal data localization, and after a few letters we were forced to go to court.”
The law on personal data privacy came into effect last year.
Since then Roskomnadzor has checked 1,500 companies to make sure they comply. LinkedIn is the first foreign company to publicly disagree with the regulator.
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GETTYA law brought in in September 2015 means companies in Russia must collect data on users
LinkedIn is the world's largest business and employment oriented social network.
As of 2015, it had 400 million users with five million people registered in Russia.
In a statement Thursday, Linkedin said: "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.”