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Moscow court slaps 1st $54,040 fine on WhatsApp for refusal to localize user data

The maximum fine for this offence for legal entities can reach 6 million rubles.

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Moscow: WhatsApp messenger got its first-ever fine in Russia for refusing to localize personal user data, the fine imposed by Moscow’s Tagansky district court totalled 4 million rubles ($54,040), Russia’s media watchdog Roskomnadzor said on Thursday.

“A fine of 4 million rubles was imposed on WhatsApp by a court ruling under Part 8 of Article 13.11 of the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offenses,” Roskomnadzor said in a statement.

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The maximum fine for this offence for legal entities can reach 6 million rubles.

In addition, the court imposed a 17 million ruble fine on Twitter and a 15 million ruble fine on Facebook for their recurrent refusals to localize data.

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