Russia has demanded LinkedIn to be removed from its local App stores by both Apple and Google

Published By: Ken Bock on January 8, 2017 08:10 am EST

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary Google will now have to pull Microsoft-owned LinkedIn off their app stores in Russia. Russian authorities have demanded the removal of LinkedIn as it has violated the country’s data protection laws. Only a while ago, China demanded that The New York Times application be removed from all Chinese App Stores, owned by Apple.

Tech companies have to conform with the policies of each and every country after they go global, thus these developments do not come as a surprise. According to the court filing, it says that any company which stores personal digital data of citizens of Russia should only do so through physical servers situated inside the country. This makes business difficult with customers who live in the region.

Due to these policies, LinkedIn has now been blocked in Russia since many months which has caused the mobile app on Android and iOS to not function efficiently. Smartphone owners can no longer download the mobile application for LinkedIn in the country, while users in China cannot download The New York Times application.

Even though both the companies involved in the matter believe in Open Internet policies, they will now have to succumb to the demand of Russia. However, when the website was blocked by the country months ago, the application stopped working properly in the area too. As Apple and Google remove the application from their respective App stores, complete access will be blocked.

China, Russia, and even Turkey have blocked websites in the past via state-run Internet Providers which is why VPNs have grown in popularity. LinkedIn was recently acquired by Microsoft for $26.2 billion, which said that it was disappointed with the decision of Russia. Apple has not been known to remove apps off its stores until asked to do so by the government of the specific country.

The iPhone maker made the confirmation of the demand of the country to remove LinkedIn off its App Store a month ago. Google, on the other hand, has not confirmed the removal of LinkedIn yet, but it did say that it follows rules and regulations of every country in which it exists.