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27 Oct 2016

LinkedIn May Be Blocked in Russia

Moscow’s Tagansky district court granted the petition to Roskomnadzor, but this decision has not yet entered into force. LinkedIn appeal to the Moscow City Court, which meeting will be held on 10 November.

Roskomnadzor intends to limit access to the largest business social network LinkedIn as reported by “Kommersant”.

Office believes that LinkedIn is breaking the law “On Personal Data” as it did not move their servers to Russia, and also collects and transmits information about citizens who are not users of the network, without their consent. It is reported that the law violations were identified during the inspection, which began due to the publications in the media about the repeated leaks of user information from this social network.

According to Roskomnadzor, the agency has twice sent requests for information on the network’s compliance with the personal data law to LinkedIn. Roskomnadzor has not received any essential answer.

LinkedIn is the largest business networking and job search site. In 2015 the site exceeded 400 million registered users. Of those, 5 million were from Russia.

Source of the article: http://kommersant.ru/doc/3126052

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26 Oct 2016

Conference Overview: Russia: Boosting Economic Growth and Expanding Opportunities for Investment

On September 22, 2016 Mikhail Emelyannikov, an expert in the fields of Information Security, Personal Data Protection, Trade Secrets and State Control of Privacy, spoke at the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia (AmCham) conference. In his report, Mikhail spoke about the “On Personal Data” law, explaining the legal amendments introduced and dwelled on the difficulties that the trade secret owners and personal data operators might come across. Mr. Emelyannikov talked about the fact that many users of the Salesforce CRM system have found it very difficult to comply with the amendments to Federal Law No. 242. Luckily, the market now offers solutions developed specifically for that purpose. DFG152 is one of the solutions. It enables usage of foreign CRM systems (like Salesforce) in consideration of the new legal requirements.

It was the 16th AmCham conference in an annual series which the chamber dedicated to the issues of business development and investment. The topic of this year’s discussion was: “Russia: Boosting Economic Growth and Expanding Opportunities for Investment”. The event hosted 200 business executives, representatives of the state authorities, an expert community, and mass media. The conference was hosted at Four Seasons Hotel in Moscow.

The speakers included: Alexis Rodzianko (President and Chief Executive Officer, American Chamber of Commerce in Russia, Daniel Thorniley (President, DT-Global Business Consulting), Aleksandr Ivlev (Managing Partner, EY Russia), Andrey Shemetov (Vice-President, Head of the Global Markets Department, Sberbank CIB), Thomas Graham (Managing Director, Kissinger Associates, Inc.), Daniel Russell (President, General Director, US-Russia Business Council), Andrey Streltsov (Head of Department for Strategies, Business Development and Financial Markets, United Company RUSAL), Mikhail Emelyannikov (Managing Partner, Emelyannikov, Popova i Partnery), Vasiliy Osmakov (Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation), Maksim Smirnov (President, Arkonik Russia), and Maher Batruni (Chief Executive Officer, Wrigley Russia).

The main program of the conference focused on the prospects of economic growth in Russia, a discussion of the investment climate in the country, as well as on the ways to manage the consequences of sanctions. The representatives of the national and foreign business community also tackled the issues of personal data processing and information security.

The American Chamber of Commerce in Russia is a leading foreign association of the business community in the country. It represents the interests of about 500 companies involved in various economic fields in the USA, Russia, Europe, and Asia.

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