RKN threatened Facebook, Twitter and Google with prosecution

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Roskomnadzor (RKN) will hold Facebook, Twitter and Google accountable if they do not provide information on the localization of personal data of Russian users. This was announced on Thursday, April 8, in the press service of the department.

They recalled that they once again demanded that the Facebook and Twitter administrations provide data on the localization of databases of Russian users in the Russian Federation. The same request was sent to Google.

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"In the absence of an answer, the issue of bringing foreign companies to justice for violating Russian legislation will be resolved," the Roskomnadzor said.

In addition, the department pointed out that Twitter did not pay a fine of 4 million rubles for failure to provide information on the localization of databases of Russian users in Russia. It is clarified that the court fined the company last year.

On April 6, Deputy Head of Roskomnadzor Milos Wagner reported that the agency demanded that Facebook report on the localization of personal data of Russian users. According to him, a letter with a requirement to tell about the progress of transferring user data to the territory of the Russian Federation was sent to the company a month ago.

RKN threatened Facebook, Twitter and Google with prosecution
RKN threatened Facebook, Twitter and Google with prosecution


In September 2019, it was reported that companies had to localize the databases of personal data of Russian users on the territory of the Russian Federation until December-January.

In addition, on April 3, it became known that more than 500 million Facebook users had leaked personal data and phone numbers to the Internet, including almost 10 million users from Russia. A company representative said that the data was extracted due to a vulnerability that was fixed in 2019.

Since August 2015, a law has been in effect in Russia that obliges Internet companies that work with personal data of Russians to register as an organizer of information dissemination (ORI) and store all information transmitted and received by residents of the country for six months on the territory of the Russian Federation.

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