The Russian state’s federal media regulator, called Roskomnadzor, is reportedly planning to block the social media platform LinkedIn. According to multiple reports, the move towards a nationwide ban is blamed on the firm not storing data of Russian users domestically in the country.
Russia’s Tass news agency, citing the Kommersant newspaper, reported Roskomnadzor – also known as the Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications – said LinkedIn was transmitting citizen data “without consent.”
The federal agency slammed LinkedIn’s activities which includes collecting, using, storing and transferring the personal data of Russian citizens. This, Tass reported, is in violation of Russian privacy legislation. The law, enacted in September 2015, requires all Russian user data to be kept on Russian soil.
According to RadioFreeEurope, Roskomnadzor spokesman, Vadim Ampelonsky, told the Interfax news agency there have been “several cases of LinkedIn users’ personal data being leaked since 2010.” This is likely in relation to the series of cybersecurity incidents reported this year.