Russia Opens Cases Against Google, Other Foreign Tech Over Data Storage

Moscow has clashed with big tech companies over content, censorship, data and local representation.

Moscow has clashed with big tech companies over content, censorship, data and local representation.

Russia imposed a fine of 3 million rubles ($46,540) last year on Google for failing to store personal data of Russian users in databases on Russian soil.

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  • Last updated:May 28, 2022, 09:35 IST
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Russia’s telecommunications organization Roskomnadzor said on Friday it had opened administrative cases against Alphabet Inc and six other foreign technology companies over alleged violations of personal data legislation.

Moscow has clashed with big tech companies over content, censorship, data and local representation in a simmering dispute that has erupted into an all-out information battle since Russia sent tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine on February 24.

Russia fined Google 3 million rubles ($46,540) last year for not storing Russian users’ personal data in databases on Russian soil, and said Friday it had opened a new case over what it called Google’s repeated failure to comply with Russian legislation.

Roskomnadzor said Google, which declined to comment, could be fined between 6 and 18 million rubles.

The regulator also said it had opened cases against six other companies – Airbnb, Pinterest, Likeme, Twitch, Apple and United Parcel Service – for alleged wrongdoing for the first time, carrying a possible fine of between 1 and 6 million rubles.

Likeme could not be reached while the other five companies had no immediate comment.

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