The WhatsApp messenger faces a fine of 6 million rubles for refusing to localize user data in Russia, according to the 422nd magistrate court of the Tagansky district of Moscow.
The protocol has already been submitted to the court. In relation to the messenger, proceedings are underway under the article of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation “Failure by the operator, when collecting personal data, to ensure the recording, systematization, accumulation, storage, clarification or retrieval of personal data of citizens of the Russian Federation,” TASS reports.
As the website kp.ru wrote, the day before a Moscow court fined Google three million rubles for a similar violation. This is the first fine for the company for refusing to localize the data of Russian users.
As a reminder, on June 10, 2021, a Moscow court fined Facebook 17 million rubles in four counts for refusing to delete prohibited information. On the same day, the court imposed a fine on Telegram of ten million rubles also for refusing to remove illegal content.