Russia Demands Twitter, Facebook, Google Comply With Data Storage Law (Or Risk Being Banned)

Russia Demands Twitter, Facebook, Google Comply With Data Storage Law (Or Risk Being Banned)

Russia’s media watchdog Roskomnadzor has contacted Twitter, Facebook and Google to demand that they register themselves as “organizers of information distribution” under a new law that could allow these platforms to be banned in the country, reports The Moscow Times.

Any online services registered as “organizers of information distribution” would have to keep any information about Russian users of their services stored on servers located inside the country.

Maxim Ksenzov, deputy chief Roskomnadzor, said that the agency would “force [Twitter, Facebook and Google] one way or the other to obey the law”.

Under a new deadline set Wednesday, all companies have until the end of 2014 to register with Roskomnadzor.

If Twitter, Facebook or Google “do not obey with the demands of the Russian law, they will be subjected to administrative sanctions,” Ksenzov said. “Those three resources must make a decision about placing their data centers in Russia.”

“If websites do not register, Roskomnadzor has the right to send them a second notice demanding they rectify the violation within 15 days,” said Sergei Kopylov, head of legal services at Russia’s domain name registration center. “Otherwise, the agency has the right to blacklist the online platform – that is, to block it from access by Russian Web users.”

(Source: The Moscow Times.)