The court fined WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook for refusing to localize data in Russia

For the first time, WhatsApp was fined for refusing to localize user data in the Russian Federation. Also, Twitter and Facebook were fined for repeated refusal to localize data in the country. The Magistrates’ Court in Moscow found the companies guilty of violating Ru

ssian law.

The court fined WhatsApp 4 million rubles, Twitter 17 million, Facebook 15 million.

WhatsApp was found guilty of committing an offense under Part 8 of Article 13.11 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation (Violation of the legislation of the Russian Federation in the field of personal data of citizens of the Russian Federation using databases located on the territory of the Russian Federation). This is the messenger’s first fine for refusing to localize the databases of Russian users in Russia. Twitter and Facebook have been fined for repeated violations of this law.

Earlier, a court in Moscow fined Google 3 million rubles for a similar offense. This was the first fine for a corporation for refusing to localize data in the Russian Federation.

According to Roskomnadzor, to date, the storage of personal data of Russian users has been localized by about 600 representative offices of foreign companies. Among them, the department named Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, PayPal, Booking, LG.

For violation of similar requirements in Russia in 2016, the social network LinkedIn was blocked.