JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russia Accuses Facebook, Twitter of Failing to Comply With Data Laws; Social-media giants’ servers for storing Russian’s personal data must be located in Russia, says watchdog” – Wall Street Journal/Ann M. Simmons

Montage of Instagram, Twitter and Facebook Logos, adapted from image at nps.gov

“Russia launched administrative action against Facebook … and Twitter … for failing to comply with its data laws … just days after Facebook removed … accounts of what it said were two misinformation campaigns based in the country. … Roskomnadzor, the federal executive body responsible for censorship in media and telecommunications, said the social-media networks hadn’t submitted … formal and specific plans or … an acceptable explanation of when they would meet the country’s requirements that all servers used to store Russians’ personal data be located in Russia. … The move raises concern that the social-media giants could face future restrictions or be blocked. … [Roskomnadzor spokesman] Vadim Ampelonsky … [said] that Facebook and Twitter could be fined ….”

According to Interfax, Roskomnadzor head Aleksandr Zharov warned, back in April, that his agency would check facebook’s compliance at the end of 2018, with noncompliance raising a question “about blocking the social network.”

[Roskomnadzor head Aleksandr Zharov] also indicated that twitter would be scrutinized, with twitter reportedly already localizing Russian citizen data in the second half of 2018.

Russia’s personal data storage law reportedly entered into effect September 2015.

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