MOSCOW: A Moscow court on Tuesday fined Google $165,000 for breaching laws on data localization, local media reported.
According to media reports, as per the law on localization, Information Technologies firms are required to store Russian users’ data on servers in Russia. Earlier, the Google was fined $3 million in August 2021 under the same violation.
Employment-focused American social network Linkedin was suspended in Russia in August 2016 following failing to transfer Russians user data to servers into the country. Facebook and Twitter also remain banned in Russia.
Russia: Court Fines Google for Violation of law
Earlier, RIA reported that Russia plans to suspend certain Virtual Private Networks and protocols which are believed by experts to pose a danger. According to Reuters, demand for VPN services increased after Russian authorities restricted access to some social media platforms after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered forces into Ukraine last year.
A 2017 Russian laws and regulations obliged providers of VPN to cooperate with the Russian officials and also to restrict access to content and information banned by Russia. Several VPN services remain in use across Russia and there has been a public discussion among legislators regarding how much further to go in blocking VPN which still permit access to banned content and information but also a host of other content.