Russia wants to take Facebook and Twitter to court over their failure to explain their gameplan for complying with local data laws. With the lacklustre data protection policies of Facebook and Twitter, it was only a matter of time until those paying attention in Russia found something that didni't meet standards for data protection in the world's largest country.
The communication watchdog, Roskomnadzor, is barking up Facebook's and Twitter's trees, and have called them out for not explaining how they would be planning to comply with legislation that requires all servers utilised to store Russians' personal data to be located in Russia.
You Have One Month To Comply
Alexander Zharov, the head of Roskomnadzor, has said that the two US-American companies have one month to comply before legal action is taken against them. Russia isn't very different when compared to the European Union – data protection legislation is getting more and more stringent.
Russia has introduced much tougher laws regarding the Internet over the last five years. Requiring social networks to store Russian users' personal data on servers within their borders is only one big change in their legal system when it comes to the web. Russia also requires search engines to delete some search results and messaging services to share encryption keys with security services.
Penalty Measures Up To Now
At the time of writing, Reuters reported that the only ways Russia has to enforce its data protection rules are fines that usually only amount to a few thousand dollars, or blocking the offending online services, which is an option that always meets with many technical difficulties. In November, it became known that Moscow was planning to impose stiffer fines on technology firms that fail to comply with Russian laws.