Russia Fines Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp for Breaking Data Storage Law

Russia’s Tagansky District Magistrates’ Court fined Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp on Thursday for refusing to process users’ private data exclusively within the country.

In a statement released by the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications Roskomnadzor, the court ordered Facebook, the parent company of Twitter and WhatsApp, to pay a total fine of 36 million rubles ($485,000) for the “repeated violations of the requirements for the localization of personal information.”

Under the 2015 Russian Administrative Offenses Code, all foreign companies must keep data of Russian users on computer servers within the country. Tech companies must also establish local offices to ensure there are representatives to be accountable, RT. News reported.

Roskomnadzor said other tech companies like Apple, Microsoft, LG Electronics, Samsung, Paypal, and have begun complying with the legislation.

Interfax news agency reported Thursday that Google paid a fine of 3.5 million rubles for insufficiently filtering its search results to remove content banned in Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin previously said that large technology companies have a growing influence on people and were competing with the state.

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