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Court in Moscow upholds LinkedIn ban in Russia

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Court in Moscow upholds LinkedIn ban in Russia

A court in Russia has ruled that the country’s media watchdog can ban LinkedIn over its breach of data protection regulations.

Earlier in 2016, the Kremlin’s Roskomnadzor obtained an injunction against LinkedIn from a lower court.

The company is being targeted following its failure to comply with a 2014 federal law that demands online firms that deal with the personal information of Russian citizens store the data within the country.

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The latest ruling by the Moscow city court upholds the previous decision, opening the door for the business-oriented social network to be banned in Russia.

Roskomnadzor has stated its decision stemmed from concerns over the site’s bad track record with user data, citing its 2012 data breach that came to light earlier in 2016 when a hacker attempted to sell account records for 167 million LinkedIn users online.

Coincidentally, the hacker suspected of carrying out the cyberattack is of Russian origin. The FBI and Czech law enforcement partnered to arrest the individual in October.

 

 

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