28 Feb 2019 18:21

Court to decide on March 22 whether to fine Twitter for failure to provide on Russians' personal data localization

MOSCOW. Feb 28 (Interfax) - A Moscow magistrate court will hear an administrative case involving a violation of law by the company Twitter, which has failed to provide information on the localization of its Russian users' personal data on the territory of Russia, in three weeks.

"A hearing of his administrative violation case was scheduled by the magistrate of Judicial District 422 for 2:30 p.m. of March 22," Moscow Tagansky District Court press secretary Yulia Sukhinina told Interfax on Thursday.

The court hearing will be open to the press, she said.

Roskomnadzor earlier made an administrative protocol against Twitter based on Article

19.7 of the Russian Code of Administrative Violations (non-provision or delay in the provision to an organization authorized under federal laws to exercise state supervision of data whose provision is envisaged by law).

The article envisages a fine for legal entities in an amount of 3,000 rubles to 5,000 rubles.

According to Roskomnadzor, the agency on December 17, 2018 sent the companies Twitter and Facebook demands for the provision of information on the localization of Russian users' databases in Russia. In late January, the agency launched administrative proceedings against the companies.

The law on the localization of Russians' personal data on servers inside Russia was signed on December 31, 2014 and took effect on September 1, 2015. Any Russian or foreign company oriented towards working with Russian users has to ensure recording, systematization, accumulation, storage, and updating of Russians' personal data using databases located on the territory of Russia. It envisages fines for failure to observe this requirement and gives Roskomnadzor the powers to block user access to violating services using the judicial system.

The Moscow Tagansky District Court on August 4, 2016 granted Roskomnadzor's lawsuit seeking the inclusion of the social network LinkedIn in the register of violators of the rights of personal data subjects, which envisages blocking. The decision took effect on November 10. The issue of Russian citizens' data localization on the territory of Russia has bene discussed with Facebook since 2015.