05.07.2021

Roskomnadzor drew up the first protocol against Google for not transferring the data of Russians to servers in Russia.

Google LLC has not localized the data of Russian citizens in the country. According to Russian legislation, the company had to confirm the fact of localization but did not do it. Failure by the operator to comply with this requirement is subject to a fine from 1 million to 6 million rubles, in case of a repeated violation – from 6 to 18 million ($80-245 thousand).

If the court fined Google, this would be the first fine for non-compliance with the requirements for the transfer of personal data to Russia. Previously, the company was fined, but due to other violations – for not removing prohibited content and refusing to hide links to such materials when searching. The total amount of fines is 18.7 million rubles.

Twitter and Facebook also failed to comply with the requirements for the localization of Russian databases. Companies were ordered to do so back in April 2021, and 600 overseas sites, including Apple and Microsoft, have done so.

Amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses establishing a fine for failure to comply with the requirements for storing data of Russians were adopted at the end of 2019.

In December 2019, amendments to the Administrative Code were adopted, which increased liability for violation of requirements for the storage of personal data. For these violations, the LinkedIn social network was blocked.

In February 2020, Facebook and Twitter were fined for refusing to localize data. Facebook paid the fine, while Twitter is challenging it in court.