Russian court issues bigger fines to social media companies for breaching data localization rules

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Image by Thomas Ulrich from Pixabay. Pixabay License. A Moscow district court has hit social media giants with significant new fines for violating Russia’s data localization requirements. The latest penalties add up to 36 million rubles, or over $485,000. Facebook has been fined 15-million ruble ($202,000), while Twitter has been fined 17 million rubles ($229,000). WhatsApp, a messaging app owned by Facebook, received a separate fine of 4 million rubles ($54,000), according to a statement from Russian internet regulator Roskomnadzor. The data localization law, adopted in 2015, requires all int…

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