Russia officially banned the LinkedIn
Russia seems to have been supported by Apple and Google in its struggle with LinkedIn. According to the New York Times, both companies have agreed to remove LinkedIn from the iOS and Android app stores in Russia.
LinkedIn came into effect in November of 2014, when the violations of the law by Russian companies to storage in Russia were brought into force. The law was described as a step towards more aggressive surveillance activities, and many companies refused to move data centers to Russia.
LinkedIn, bought last year by Microsoft, was the last victim of the law in question. Access to LinkedIn on the web in Russia was blocked in November. In any case though, the service could be accessed via VPN. This blocking has caused serious problems in mobile applications. However, the app continued to exist in the App Store and the Google Play Store. Nevertheless, with the final decision taken, it is not possible to download the LinkedIn application via the Russian store.
Apple recently removed the New York Times app from the iTunes App Store Chinese store with similar prints. The New York Times has been disabled in China since 2012.
While Russia’s measures on data localization are aggressive, many countries are implementing similar measures. The Information Technology Industry Council notes that similar measures are being implemented in 13 countries, including Turkey and the United States. Turkey is listed in the list of e-payment companies, which obliges them to store their data within the borders of Turkey. The United States, on the other hand, requires that companies working with the Ministry of Defense keep ministry data within the United States.
Russia’s sanctions against LinkedIn, the tension between Russia and the United States, may be slightly higher. The United States is more than an expression of the claim that Russia is trying to influence the US presidential election with cyber attacks. The prevention of an American company’s activities in Russia will not help to improve relations.