Roskomnadzor demanded to limit access to LinkedIn on the territory of the Russian Federation due to violations of the law “On personal data”
Roskomnadzor demands to restrict access by Internet users to the website the world’s largest business social network LinkedIn. The office noted that the company had violated the law “On personal data” and moved the servers to Russia, and also collects and transmits information about citizens who are not network users, without their consent, writes “Kommersant”.
Reporters learned that the Tagansky court of Moscow on August 4, satisfied the requirements of Roskomnadzor, requiring the service to take steps to restrict access to the website and enter it in the register of infringers of rights of personal data subjects, however this court decision has not yet entered into force. Currently, the social network is struggling in the Moscow city court for their existence for the Russian audience.
In its lawsuit, Roskomnadzor pointed to the fact that the collection and transfer of data of Russian citizens without their consent (for persons who are not LinkedIn members) violates the law “On personal data”, “the rights and freedoms of man and citizen, including the right to inviolability of his private life, personal and family privacy”.
Referring to the discrepancy of the company’s activities part 1 of article 6 and paragraph 5 of article 18 of the aforementioned law, Roskomnadzor demanded to recognize illegal the social network and oblige to limit access to this resource.
“If the Moscow city court confirmed the decision of the trial court, we will make the social network into the register of violators of personal data that requires a lock resource on the territory of Russia,” – confirmed in the press service of the Supervisory authority (quoted by RNS).
In conversation with journalists the representative of the Governor also stated that the judicial process connected with the fact that LinkedIn is not systematically provides on request of Roskomnadzor information about the performance requirements on the localization of storing personal data of Russian users of social networks in Russia.
“In August we won the proceedings in the Tagansky district court. In the summer we sent them two letters, but our queries are still left unanswered on the merits. Currently, the decision of the Tagansky district court representative LinkedIn tries to challenge through court, the next hearing on this case scheduled for November 10,” – said in a Supervisory Agency.
We will remind that the law on personal data, which entered into force on 1 September 2015, requires online services to store and process the personal data of Russians on servers located on Russian territory, and within six months to store information. In June of this year, Roskomnadzor announced checking social network “Vkontakte”.
In September, the head of Roskomnadzor Alexander Zharov said that his Department before the end of this year, has no plans to inspect the social network Facebook and microblogging service Twitter in compliance with a law requiring Internet companies to store data of Russian users in the country.
“Operators who process personal data in Russia, more than 2.5 million. At this stage we have been informed by more than 70 thousand companies that they comply with the law. Today we checked out more than a thousand organizations for compliance with this law, found only four violations”, – said Zharov in mid-September.
According to him, to the end of the year the Agency intends to test about 600 companies. The official also said that, according to unofficial information, Apple and Google are working on the localization of personal data of users in Russia.
Social network for search and establishment of business contacts LinkedIn was founded in 2003 in California. Currently, its audience is more than 400 million users from 200 countries. In the summer of 2016, the company Microsoft announced the acquisition on LinkedIn over 26.2 billion dollars.