Google closes engineering office in Russia after the nation has enhanced the suppression on the Internet.
A number of steps against internet companies, eventually leading to a new law that was created to keep all information about Russians inside the nation have forced some engineers and entrepreneurs in Russia to start thinking about moving outside the country. Google did not give any statements about its decision to move out of the country and it is still uncertain if the company’s pull back was made as a response to the country’s ravage on internet freedom or if there was any pressure directly made on the company.
The new law in Russia that requires all data to remain local is the most radical move taken by a government as an answer to recent discoveries about internet surveillance made by the United States National Security Agency. People say the law was meant to make it more difficult for companies in the United States to function in Russia rather than being created in order to protect the privacy of people living inside the country. The new Russian law will also help the intelligence agencies in the country improve the level of their own monitoring.
Google said that its other services in Russia will still remain in the nation and stated that the company is profoundly invested to their Russian customers and users and that it has a dedicated group of people in Russia working on supporting their customers.
Google closes engineering office in Russia but the less than 100 Russian engineers are going to be offered jobs in other nations across the globe. In the past, Google has closed engineering offices in other nations for reasons regarding business and has moved the team of engineers to other nations around the world. This leaves open the chance that Google considered numerous other factors in its decision other than a crackdown on the Internet in Russia.
The retreat from Russia came on the same day Google announced they will be closing their news service in Spain, showing how legal and political pressures have made the company’s fast expansion worldwide vulnerable.