Kremlin wants to verify that Facebook follows Russia’s data collection laws

The officials of the Roskomnadzor, Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media announced they intended to check whether the social network Facebook was complying with Russian legislation governing the processing of personal data. The announcement was made by the executive body’s press service, reported Interfax.

"Soon, the Roskomnadzor will plan supervisory actions  aimed at analyzing the activities of the administration of the social network Facebook in terms of processing Russian users’ personal data, the terms of services for users and the content of local legislation," Roskomnadzor said. If the service finds violations, it will develop proposals "on the adoption of response measures."

In September, the head of Roskomnadzor, Alexander Zharov, warned that in 2018, Facebook would stop working in Russia if it did not comply with the law on the localization of personal data.

Minister of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation, Nikolai Nikiforov called on "competent authorities" to pay attention to WhatsApp, Facebook and Google. He stressed that he did not know about the work of these services to combat terrorism, as opposed to Telegram, which "cleans up all the channels connected with the banned organization of ISIL."

Amendments to the law "On Personal Data" came into force in September 2015. According to them, any Russian or foreign company working with Russian users should ensure the collection, systematization, archiving, storage, and categorizing of personal data of Russians using databases located on the territory of the Russian Federation.

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