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Russia May Fine Google $82k For Not Hosting Client Data Within Russian Territory

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The Kremlin may fine Google approximately $82k for its first infraction of Russian law, which requires Russian user data to be hosted on the territory of the Russian Federation.

Google is facing a fine of up to 6 mln rubles ($82,000) for refusing to localize the data of its Russian users in accordance with legislation currently in force, a source in the Justice of the Peace of Court No. 422 in Moscow’s Tagansky District, which received the respective files, reported Russian state news agency TASS.

“The court received a protocol regarding Google under Part 8 Article 13.11 of the Russian Code of Administrative Offenses [breaching Russian personal data laws]. The date of the hearing has not been set yet. The maximum punishment for legal entities is 6 mln rubles,” the source said.

Earlier, the Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media told TASS that Google, Facebook, Twitter and other social media giants had not localized the personal databases of Russian users by July 1, 2021. An administrative protocol against Google was drawn up due to the violation of laws on the localization of databases in Russia, the watchdog added. It also expects a reply from Facebook and Twitter, “after which the issue of initiating administrative proceedings will be decided on”.

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