On November 10, 2016, a Russian appellate court upheld a lower court decision that allows for a block on access to LinkedIn. The appellate court agreed that the professional networking site had violated a recent 2015 law that requires data on Russian citizens to be stored domestically. The LinkedIn case is the first enforcement action taken since the law was passed last year. The Russian government stated that the privacy law is aimed at protecting its citizens’ personal data. In contrast, opponents consider it as a further mechanism to tighten control over social networks in the country or an attempt to stifle the operations of western companies to the benefit of domestic organisations. The court’s order will permit LinkedIn access to be blocked until the data of the approximately five million Russian users is moved. Enforcement of the law has important implications for other American and foreign companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter as they attempt to gain users in Russia, and may bolster similar efforts by other countries to consider and proceed with domestic storage requirements. This also raises significant issues for multinational companies that have employees or customers in Russia and maintain personal data on these individuals outside of the jurisdiction.