16:12 GMT24 November 2020
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    In 2015, Russia’s personal data law, requiring Internet companies to store the data of their customers who are Russian nationals exclusively on servers located within the country, came into force.

    A court in Moscow has imposed a 4 million rubles ($62,840) fine on Twitter for its refusal to relocate to Russia databases containing personal information of Russian users.

    "The court rules to convict Twitter of part 8 of article 13.11 of the Code of Administrative Offences and impose a fine of 4 million rubles," the judge said.

    The court has also fined Facebook $62,933 for refusal to relocate databases with russian users personal information to country.

    Facebook and Twitter must localise databases containing the personal data of Russians: Roskomnadzor is ready for dialogue, the regulator said in a statement.

    In December 2018, Roskomnadzor demanded that Twitter and Facebook report on the localization of the personal data bases of Russian users in Russia, as required by the law. Having not received a specific answer, in late January 2019, the agency initiated administrative proceedings against both companies.

    In April, a court fined Facebook and Twitter 3,000 rubles ($47) for failure to comply with the law.

    Data, Twitter, court ruling, Russia
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