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Facebook, Twitter instructed to open databases in Russia by July

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Facebook and Twitter have been fined 4 million roubles every in February 2020 for breaching Russian knowledge legislation.

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Facebook, Twitter and different social networks will need to have databases of Russian customers on Russian territory by July 1 or face fines, the Interfax information company cited communications regulator Roskomnadzor as saying on Wednesday.

Russia is contemplating laws that will drive overseas know-how corporations to open places of work in Russia or face penalties reminiscent of promoting bans, as a part of Moscow’s wider efforts to exert better management over Big Tech.

Google and Facebook have been fined on Tuesday for failing to delete content material Moscow deems unlawful, whereas Twitter has been the sufferer of a punitive slowdown since March.

Facebook, Twitter and others should localise their databases of Russian customers by July 1 or face a advantageous of as much as 18 million roubles ($245,100) for non-compliance, the deputy head of Roskomnadzor Milos Wagner was cited as saying on Wednesday.

Facebook, Twitter and Roskomnadzor didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

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“Two companies have already been held administratively responsible last year for failing to comply with this demand,” Wagner stated.

Facebook and Twitter have been fined 4 million roubles every in February 2020 for breaching Russian knowledge legislation.

Wagner stated Facebook had since paid the advantageous, however Twitter was nonetheless interesting. He stated Roskomnadzor was nonetheless ready for detailed data on how the 2 corporations would meet the information legislation necessities by July 1.

Roskomnadzor instructed Interfax that Apple, Samsung and PayPal have been among the many greater than 600 overseas corporations to have localised knowledge in Russia.

Microsoft’s LinkedIn is blocked in Russia after a court docket discovered it breached the data-storage rule, handed in 2015, which required all knowledge about Russian residents to be saved throughout the nation. ($1 = 73.4400 roubles)

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