August 08, 2022

Give me Your Data... or Your Rubles


Give me Your Data... or Your Rubles
Data protection? Never heard of it.  Wikimedia Commons, Faisal102

Major American tech corporations Tinder, Snapchat, and WhatsApp are being sued in a Russian court.

According to Russian law, the companies must store personal data of Russian-resident users, likely as a way to crack down on dissent. Yet the companies are refusing to do so.

Moscow’s Tagansky District Court is requiring Snapchat to pay R1 million ($16,549), Tinder R2million ($33,098), and Meta, the owner of Whatsapp, R18 million ($297,889) as a fine for not following the state's totalitarian rules.

This is not the first time that Russian courts have fined or blocked American tech companies. After violating laws on data protection, LinkedIn was blocked by a Russian court in 2016. As of March of 2022, Facebook and Instagram were also prohibited in Russia.

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