A Moscow court has ordered Google to pay roughly $41,000 (3mn rubles) for refusing to store the personal data of Russian users on servers in Russia, court spokeswoman Zulfiya Gurinchuk told Sputnik on Thursday.
“Google LLC was found guilty of committing an administrative offence under part 8 of Article 13.11 of the Russian code of administrative offences. The company was sentenced to an administrative fine of 3 million rubles”, Gurinchuk said.
The protocol was issued to Google for its non-fulfilment of the obligation to ensure recording, systematisation, accumulation, storage, clarification and retrieval of personal data of Russian citizens, using databases in the country.
The fine is the first handed to Google in Russia although the penalty comes amid a wider standoff between Moscow and Big Tech – with social media giants routinely fined for failing to remove banned content.
Russia’s communications watchdog can slap outright bans against online services that don’t follow the data storage requirement – to date though, only LinkedIn has been barred.
Source: Sputnik News