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Court fined Facebook on complaint from Roskomnadzor

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The other day Facebook was fined by the Tagansky District Court of Moscow. A fine of 3, 000 rubles was imposed for violating the law on localization of Russian users’ data. The company refused to provide data about the localization of personal data of Russian users of the social network.
Representatives of the company were notified of the problem, but did not come to the court hearing. Back on December 17, 2018, Roskomnadzor sent Facebook a request to demanding to provide the information required by law on the transfer of Russians on the server, which are stored in Russia. No response was ever received.
"On February 28, 2019, the Department of Roskomnadzor for the Central Federal District drew up a protocol of an administrative offense against Facebook. The protocol was drawn up under Article 19.7 of the CAO RF due to the fact that the company failed to provide the necessary information about the localization of personal data bases of Russian users on the territory of Russia, " reported on the department’s website.
In addition to Facebook, the microblogging service Twitter was also fined. The company promised to complete the transfer of Russian users’ data to Russia last summer. Nevertheless, the process has not yet been completed.
"The companies that manage the social networks Facebook and Twitter provided formal responses to our demands to confirm the localization of the databases of personal data of Russian users in Russia. They contain no specifics either about the actual implementation of the legislation at the moment, or about the timing of the implementation of these norms in the future <…> In this regard, today Roskomnadzor begins administrative proceedings against both companies, " the press service of Roskomnadzor said in a statement.
On September 1, 2015, the law on storing personal data came into force. It obliges companies to store and process Russians’ data in Russia. The social network LinkedIn, which did not follow the law, was added to the registry of violators in November 2016. The social networking site is blocked in Russia.

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