Russia's communications regulator blocks access to LinkedIn after a court ruled the website guilty of violating a data storage law. Bobbi Rebell reports.
Russia is blocking LinkedIn because the country's regulator says the website violates local data storage law. That law requires websites, like LinkedIn, to store the personal data of Russian citizens on Russian servers, and, according to communications regulator Roskomnadzor, LinkedIn is not in compliance. A court first ruled against LinkedIn in August, and an subsequent appeal was rejected this month. Mitch Silber runs the geopolitical intelligence unit at FTI Consulting. (SOUNDBITE) MITCH SILBER, PRACTICE LEADER & SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR, GEOPOLITICAL INTELLIGENCE, FTI CONSULTING, (ENGLISH) SAYING: "Out of all different social media companies, like Twitter, like Google, like Apple, you know, LinkedIn probably has the smallest footprint in Russia, because it's just focusing on professionals there, and maybe this is an opportunity for Russia to test and see what is the response of a U.S. technology company to this legislation without having to take on one of the big boys, like Apple or Google." U.S. based LinkedIn, which being acquired by Microsoft, is the first major social network to be blocked by Russian authorities. It has over six million registered users in Russia.