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LinkedIn access to be blocked in Russia. crackdown on internet freedom?

Access to LinkedIn will be blocked in Russia after the U.S. social network failed to move personal data storage to the country, the country’s communications watchdog Roskomnadzor has said.

Conversely, services including Google, EBay, and Uber have taken steps to move personal data storage to Russia, the watchdog has said.

“The access will be shut within days,” after a Moscow court rejected LinkedIn’s appeal Thursday, Vadim Ampelonskiy, spokesman for Roskomnadzor said. “LinkedIn failed to provide documents on moving personal databases to Russia.”

Last year, local authorities made it mandatory for foreign Internet companies to store Russian clients’ personal data to servers located within the country. LinkedIn became the first to fall foul of the ruling, with Roskomnadzor asking a Russian court to shut access to the site.

“The Russian court’s decision has the potential to deny access to LinkedIn for the millions of members we have in Russia and the companies that use LinkedIn to grow their businesses,” LinkedIn said in a statement.

Last year, Roskomnadzor briefly added Wikipedia to a list of locally blocked sites, but restored it after an article about cannabis was edited.

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