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Russian regulator says had constructive meeting with LinkedIn

Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's communications regulator said on Thursday it had a constructive meeting with representatives of LinkedIn Corp., a social networking website it blocked last month over its failure to comply with a data storage law.

"The meeting with LinkedIn was constructive. The parties agreed to continue dialogue," Vadim Ampelonsky, a spokesman for the Roskomnadzor watchdog, told Reuters.

LinkedIn, which has its headquarters in the United States, became the first major social network to be blocked in Russia under a new law that requires firms holding Russian citizens' data to store it on servers on Russian soil.

LinkedIn confirmed the meeting took place on Thursday but did not elaborate.

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"We appreciated the meeting and will continue to evaluate the matter. We look forward to engaging further with Roskomnadzor on this," a spokeswoman said in emailed comments.

(Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Editing by Alexander Winning)