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Facebook, Twitter in dialogues with Russian Watchdog over data localization

The Russian government will continue to be persistent for localization of data of Russian users in Russia as matter is under discussion with Facebook and Twitter, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov told reporters during the inter-regional meeting “Digital Development Leaders” on Friday.

Earlier on Monday, upon charges of non compliance of Russian laws, administrative proceeding was launched against the Facebook and Twitter by Roskomnadzor, media watchdog of Russia.

The move of the state regulator came after its several warning to the companies that their failure to comply with a 2014 law could results in bans. The law imposes the restriction upon social networking sites that the personal data of Russian users should be located inside the country.

Head of Roskomnadzor Alexander Zharov said that Facebook and Twitter still remained failed to provide any valid information on localization of Russian users’ data within the country. Zharov added that the regulator has sent letters to the companies on Dec 17, giving them a time of 30 days to come up with legally valid response.

Any plans or timeframe to locate the data of Russian users on the local servers were also not shared by the companies so far, said the regulator.

In last five years, Russia in a quest to have control over the social media forums remained introducing stricter laws for the internet which imposes conditions like sharing of encryption keys with state security departments, deletion of some specific search results and to store the personal data of Russian user on servers locate dinside the country.

The law requiring local storage of personal data of Russian users has raised widespread concerns for having a potential risks to be exposed to and could be accessed by the intelligence services of the country.

To enforce its internet laws, Russia have no other tools but fines, which are of nominal nature, or blocking the non complying online service, which is also difficult to impose as it involves technical hitches.

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