For many years, the proceedings have dragged on between Facebook and Twitter and Roskomnadzor. Let me remind you that the essence of the conflict is that, according to the law, companies are obliged to localize their user databases in Russia, that is, transfer the data of Russian users to the territory of the Russian Federation.
So, back in 2018, administrative proceedings were launched against companies, and they were facing a fine, according to article 19.7. CAO (on failure to provide information to government agencies). In 2019, companies were fined 3,000 rubles and received nine months to correct violations. Facebook and Twitter were forced to pay these fines, and representatives of Roskomnadzor promised that they would seek larger fines and, probably, companies could even be blocked in Russia (as happened with LinkedIn in 2016). Last year, the corresponding amendments were made to the law: the size of fines for repeated violation increased to 6 million rubles.
In January 2020, Roskomnadzor again went to court on the same occasion. As a result today it became knownthat the Magistrate’s Court of the Tagansky district of Moscow fined companies 4,000,000 rubles each for violating Russian legislation on the protection of personal data under part 8 of Art. 13.11 of the Code of Administrative Offenses – “Violation of the legislation of the Russian Federation in the field of personal data.” That is, for the operator’s failure to collect personal data, including via the Internet, the obligation provided for by the legislation of the Russian Federation to record, organize, accumulate and store personal data of Russians using databases located in Russia.
Now companies must pay the penalty within 60 days.
“Today’s decision to impose fines of 4 million rubles is the first precedent for the new composition, which entered into force in December 2019. I would like to note that the fact of a fine does not exclude the fulfillment of the localization requirement. We continue to emphasize the previously expressed readiness for a constructive dialogue with all interested parties on compliance with personal data legislation, ”representatives of Roskomnadzor write.