LinkedIn fails to agree with Russia on restoring access to site

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By Alexander Winning and Maria Kiselyova | MOSCOW

MOSCOW LinkedIn Corp. has failed to reach an
agreement with the Russian authorities to restore public access
to the social networking website, the company and Russia’s
communications regulator said on Tuesday.

Russia blocked access to LinkedIn’s website last year after
a court found the firm guilty of violating a law that requires
companies holding Russian citizens’ data to store it on servers
on Russian soil.

Both LinkedIn, which is owned by Microsoft, and
Russian regulator Roskomnadzor have said they were seeking to
resolve the issue but acknowledged on Tuesday their talks had
been unsuccessful.

“While we believe we comply with all applicable laws, and
despite conversations with Roskomnadzor, including meeting with
them in Moscow in December 2016, we have been unable to reach an
understanding that would see them lift the block on LinkedIn in
the Russian Federation,” a LinkedIn spokesman said by email.

Roskomnadzor said in a statement LinkedIn had refused to
move its storage sites holding the personal data of Russian
users to Russia, “confirming its lack of interest in working on
the Russian market”.

LinkedIn said its website would continue to be available in
the Russian language and that it hoped to restore its service in
Russia in the future.



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