LinkedIn, a social media platform for professional has been blocked in Russia following failure to comply with personal data
storage regulations which came into effect September 2015.
Russia’s communications watchdog, Roskomnadzor, has reportedly added the social network to a blacklist of websites making LinkedIn the first major social network to be blocked in Russia .
The social network had been found to be in violation of a rule requiring data on Russian citizens to be stored on servers inside the country. 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.
Roskomnadzor’s action to block the social network denies access to the millions of members we have in Russia and the companies that use LinkedIn to grow their businesses.
LinkedIn, which is being acquired by Microsoft for $26 billion, said it was aware that users in Russia couldn’t access the site as of November 17,2016. The company said it wanted to meet with communications regulator Roskomnadzor to discuss the data storage issue.