Facebook, Twitter Fined in Russia Over Data-Storage Practices

Feb. 13, 2020, 4:58 PM

Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. must each pay a fine of 4 million rubles ($62,893) for failing to store Russian citizens’ data within the country, a Moscow court said Thursday.

The action shows the risk international companies face under a 2015 law requiring data storage inside Russia’s boundaries. In addition to fines, regulators can block online businesses in Russia for noncompliance.

The Russian data regulator, Roscomnadzor, said Jan. 31 that Facebook and Twitter faced possible fines of 1 million to 6 million rubles as a result of an administrative procedure that had been opened to examine the companies’ data-storage practices. ...

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