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A Moscow court fines Facebook about 50 bucks for refusing to store user data inside Russia

Meduza

A small claims court in Moscow’s Tagansky District has fined Facebook 3,000 rubles (roughly $47) for failing to store Russian users’ personal data on servers located inside Russia.

On April 5, a Russian court imposed an identical fine on Twitter for the same offense. The 3,000-ruble penalty is the lowest possible fine allowed by law for violations of Russia’s “data localization” regulations. Not all foreign Internet companies have gotten off so lightly: the Russian authorities have blocked the business and employment-oriented service LinkedIn since 2016 for refusing to store user data in Russia.