A Moscow court fined Facebook today 3,000 rubles (approximately $47) for failing to comply with a data privacy law and store data of Russian Facebook users on servers located inside Russia.
The legal proceedings started after a complaint from Roskomnadzor (Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media), the country’s telecommunications watchdog.
Roskomnadzor lodged a complaint after Facebook failed to comply with Russia’s data localization legislation —Federal Law No. 242-FZ.
Adopted on December 31, 2014, the law entered into effect on September 1, 2015. According to this legislation, all domestic and foreign companies that accumulate, store, or process the data of Russian citizens must do it on servers physically located inside Russia’s borders.