Russia fines Google 3 mln rbls for violating personal data law

A Moscow court ordered Google on Thursday to pay a fine of 3 million rubles (generally $41,000) for refusing to store the personal data of Russian users on servers in Russia, a move that is essential for the public authority’s longstanding work to fix its hold on online action.

The fine is the first given to Google in Russia over data storage regulations. Facebook and Twitter recently got comparable punishments for supposedly disregarding Russian regulations.

The Russian government’s endeavors to control web and web-based media use date back to 2012, when a law permitting specialists to boycott and hinder certain online content was received. From that point forward, a developing number of restrictions focusing on informing applications, sites, and online media stages have been presented.

One lawful provision required tech organizations to save servers in Russia for storing personal information they gather from Russian residents. Russia’s state communications guard dog, Roskomnadzor, has attempted fruitlessly for quite a while to drive huge tech organizations like Facebook, Twitter, and Google to move the data of Russian users to Russia.

The law permits online administrations that don’t follow the data storage necessity to be prohibited from Russia. The public authority has over and again took steps to impede Facebook and Twitter, however stopped shy of out and out boycotts, likely dreading the move would evoke too much open shock. Up until now, specialists only have prohibited LinkedIn for neglecting to store client data in Russia, and the web-based media stage was not extremely famous in the country before then.

Tension on significant online media stages expanded for the current year after Russian specialists scrutinized them for being accustomed to bring a huge number of individuals into the roads to request the arrival of imprisoned Russian opposition pioneer Alexei Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s most notable pundit. The influx of demonstrations the nation over represented a significant test to the Kremlin.

Officials asserted that web-based media stages neglected to eliminate calls for kids to join the fights, and Putin encouraged police to all the more immovably monitor online media stages and to find the individuals who bring kids into “unlawful and unsanctioned road actions.”

Facebook and Twitter have been fined over and again this year for neglecting to eliminate content that Russian specialists considered unlawful. Roskomnadzor once took steps to boycott Twitter and since March has hindered the speed at which the stage can work.

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