Russia Fines Google for Refusing to Store User Data Locally

Russia has fined Google for refusing to store Russian users’ data to local servers, in breach of its data storage laws, on Thursday. 

The Tagansky district court in Moscow has fined the tech giant, 3 million rubles (around $41,000) for refusing to store Russian users’ personal data on Russian servers. 

The fine was a first for the US-based firm, after Facebook and Twitter also received similar penalties last year.

Authorities also blocked LinkedIn after it refused to comply with the data storage law. 

The Russian government has been keen to tighten its control on internet activity when it passed the law in 2014, as social media firms received fines for failure to remove illegal content. 

Recently, Russia threatened to block Twitter if its illegal content were not removed. 

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