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Russia requests Apple, Google to remove LinkedIn app

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Condemning LinkedIn of flouting local laws that require internet firms to store data on citizens within the nation’s borders, the Russian authorities have asked Apple and Google to remove the professional networking site app from their online stores, reported news agency.

A Russian court blocked the Microsoft-owned LinkedIn service for breaching the country’s data protection rules.

According to The New York Times, Apple has confirmed that it was asked to remove its LinkedIn app in Russia about a month ago.

“Google has not confirmed if it had removed LinkedIn in Russia but said that it adhered to Russian local laws,” the report added.

LinkedIn responded that the company was “disappointed” with the decision by Russian regulators to block the service.

“It denies access to our members in Russia and the companies that use LinkedIn to grow their businesses,” Nicole Leverich, a spokeswoman for LinkedIn, was quoted as saying.

However, LinkedIn has several million users in Russia.

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