According to a report by Forbes on Wednesday, VK, the Russian IT company that runs the VKontakte social media network, has outlawed remote employment from outside. Employees will have the option of working remotely, according to the company’s press office, but they will no longer be able to access the workflow or user data if they are not physically present in Russia.
According to the company’s statement, VK employees have the option of working in-person, remotely, or in a hybrid setting. But, full-scale remote work with all accesses, including work with user data, is only feasible from within Russia. Given that VK apparently has offices in a number of nations outside of Russia, the change is expected to have a considerable impact on the company’s workforce.
The Bell said that VK notified its staff that they would have to choose their work locations and have management approval before doing so. The firm’s message underlined that it is a Russian company with goods that are more targeted toward the Russian market and that understanding the demands of users requires being in the same environment as them.
VK’s decision to limit remote work from countries other than Russia is consistent with recent steps taken by the Russian government to tighten control over the nation’s technology industry. Human rights organizations condemned the government’s earlier this year adoption of a legislation forcing internet service providers to preserve user data on Russian servers as an effort to amplify surveillance and control of online activity. VK’s action will probably be interpreted as another step in the government’s efforts to assert more control over the nation’s technological sector.
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