Made in Russia the decision on blocking of the website LinkedIn raised concerns the United States. It is reported by RIA “Novosti” with reference to the American Embassy in Russia.

“The United States is deeply concerned by the decision of the Russian side to block access to LinkedIn,” the report says. According to Washington, this case “sets a precedent that can be used to justify the closure of any site, which contains information about users from Russia.”

Press Secretary of the Embassy, Marie Olson stated that the U.S. urges Moscow to reconsider its decision. “We call on Russia to immediately restore access to LinkedIn. We urge Russia to consider carefully the impact of the law on localization data, which would have a harmful impact on the Russian IT-industry. Companies should be free to choose the place where to store information,” – said the representative of the Embassy.

The Embassy also noted that it will continue to work with LinkedIn and other U.S. companies that “operate under these anti-competitive and counterproductive market restrictions established by the Russian authorities to the detriment of the interests of the Russian people”.

Recall, Roskomnadzor started blocking LinkedIn yesterday. The basis for inclusion of the website of the social network in the register of infringers of rights of personal data subjects became in effect the decision of the Tagansky court of Moscow, August 4, satisfied the claim of Roscomnadzor, accusing LinkedIn of violating the law “On personal data”. November 10, the Moscow city court recognised the decision of a lower court legal.

Amendments to the law On personal data protection which require personal data localization in Russia, came into force in September 2015. In accordance with the requirements of the law, any Russian or foreign company, focused on work with Russian users, must ensure recording, systematization, accumulation, storage, specification of personal data of Russian citizens using databases located on the territory of the Russian Federation.

The United States saw the blocking of Russia’s LinkedIn cause for concern 18.11.2016

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