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WhatsApp and Snapchat fined for refusing to localize user data in Russia | News from Germany about Russia | DW

The Magistrate’s Court of the Tagansky District of Moscow fined WhatsApp LLC, owned by Meta Corporation, 18 million rubles for repeatedly refusing to localize the data of Russian messenger users. whatsapp. On Thursday, July 28, an American company was found guilty of violating Part 9 of Art. 13.11 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation. As noted in the court file, the decision was made by Judge Timur Vakhrameev.

On the same day, the world court of the Tagansky district of Moscow fined the American company Snap Inc 1 million rubles for refusing to localize the data of Russian users of its Snapchat messenger. “Recognize Snap Inc. guilty under part 8 of article 13.11 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation (failure by the operator, when collecting personal data, of the obligation to ensure the recording, systematization, accumulation, storage of personal data of citizens of the Russian Federation using databases located on the territory of the Russian Federation)”, – quotes “Interfax” the words of the judge who announced the decision.

Meanwhile, the Swedish company Spotify AB was fined 500,000 rubles by the Magistrate’s Court of Moscow’s Tagansky District for refusing to localize the data of Russian users of its Spotify music platform. At the same time, the corresponding article of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation provides for a fine of one million rubles for legal entities.

WhatsApp already received a similar fine in August 2021

WhatsApp Inc. since October 2014 included in Meta Corporation (formerly Facebook). In March 2022, the Tverskoy Court, at the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation banned the activities of Meta Platforms Inc. in Russia. In August 2021 WhatsApp is already was fined 4 million rubles for refusing to localize the data of Russian users.

Snapchat is a messenger that allows you to exchange photos, videos and messages that appear on the screen of mobile devices for a few seconds and then disappear again, but remain on the Snapchat server. The service is especially popular among European and North American youth. The number of daily messenger users exceeds 300 million people.

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