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USA Expressed Concern Regarding Blocking LinkedIn in Russia



She says that Server Localization Law may have bad influence on Russian IT-industry.



22.Nov.16 4:05 AM
By Anna Tuzova
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USA Expressed Concern Regarding Blocking LinkedIn in Russia
The USA government is deeply concerned about blocking social network LinkedIn in Russia and urges Moscow to review this decision. Maria Olson, the spokeswoman at the US Embassy in Moscow, claimed that the precedent could be an excuse for blocking another web-sites. She says that Server Localization Law may have bad influence on Russian IT-industry.

It should be reminded that the federal law was enacted in 2014 and it restricts the storage of data about Russian citizens that is based on foreign data-carriers. Perpetrator sites are entered in special Registry by Roskomnadzor by a court order and then blocked. LinkedIn was entered the Registry of prohibited web-sites on Thursday. This was the first case of blocking one of the biggest social networks in Russia. 
 
Closure of LinkedIn may be viewed as caution to other violating the Server Localization Law web-sites.  Last year Roscomnadzor already warned Facebook and WhatsApp on blocking in case they didn’t hand over data on Russian bloggers who are declared under Russian law. Yet still neither WhatsApp nor Facebook store data in the territory of Russia.

Anyway, LinkedIn expects to be available again in Russia, as it said in the letter  to local users: “Most of our services can be unavailable on the territory of the Russian Federation during a certain period of time”.



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