Google fined 15 million rubles for refusing to localize user data in Russia

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On June 16, 2022, the World Court of the Tagansky district of Moscow considered administrative protocols drawn up by Roskomnadzor in relation to foreign companies that did not localize databases of Russian users on the territory of the Russian Federation.

According to the protocol drawn up by Roskomnadzor (according to part 9 of Article 13.11 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation), Google LLC continues to store personal data of Russian users in the territories of the United States and the European Union. In July 2021, Google was fined 3 million rubles for the first time for refusing to localize the personal data of Russians.

“The court found Google Ltd guilty of an administrative offense under Part 9 of Article 13.11 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation (repeated failure by the operator to ensure the recording, systematization, accumulation, storage, or extraction of personal data of citizens of the Russian Federation) and sentenced him to a fine of 15 million rubles,” the judge announced the verdict.

According to Russian legislation, the operator is obliged to ensure the storage of databases of Russians on the territory of the Russian Federation (Part 5 of Article 18 of FZ-152 “On Personal Data”). Localization of databases on the territory of the Russian Federation allows ensuring the necessary level of protection of personal data of Russian citizens.

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