Russia upholds LinkedIn ban over data protection fears

A Russian court on Thursday upheld a decision to block the website of social networking company LinkedIn Corp., Interfax news agency reported, setting a precedent for the way foreign internet firms operate in the country. Russia's Roskomnadzor communications watchdog has said LinkedIn, which has more than 6 million registered users in Russia, was violating a law requiring websites which store the personal data of Russian citizens to do so on Russian servers. Moscow has said the law, introduced in 2014 but never previously enforced, is aimed at protecting Russians' personal data.

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