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WhatsApp Faces Proceedings in Russia Over Violation of Personal Data Law.

WhatsApp Faces Proceedings in Russia Over Violation of Personal Data Law.

By- Shrey Garg.

The Tagansky District Court of Mosco has slapped a fine of three million rubles against social-media giant Google as their actions were in violation of the newly enacted data protection laws by the Russian state. As per these new laws the data of Russian users is required to be stored on servers within the territory of Russia.

The law is known as the Federal Law on Activities of Foreign Persons in the Information and Telecommunication Network Internet in the Territory of the Russian Federation which came into force on July 1, 2021.

Article 10(4) of this law stipulates that recording, systematization, accumulation, storage, clarification and extraction of personal data of Russian nationals is collected with the use of databases located in the territory of the country.

Russian state regulator, Roscomnadzor has been given the power by these legislations to deal with breach of these provisions. The regulator has been given the power to take penal actions such as partially or completely blocking the internet company within the territory of Russia, restricting money transfers to the company from Russian individuals and legal entities, prohibiting the company from collecting Russian users’ personal data, and restricting cross-border transfers to the company from Russia.

This action is part of the larger- crackdown carried out by the Russian state against social- media giants. The Tagansky District Court last Friday decided to register a protocol against WhatsApp for a similar offence under Article 13.11 of the Administrative Offenses Code.
Last week also the Tagansky District Court fined Facebook, Twitter and Telegram for failing to delete illegal content.
Twitter has also been placed on a punitive slowdown since March for repeated failure to take down illegal content.

The Roskomnadzor had summoned representatives of Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter at the beginning of July for their failure to comply with the new law, and warned them of such administrative proceedings.

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