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Russia tells Facebook to store data locally or get out

Russia's communications watchdog has told Facebook that it will have to store the data of Russian users locally or else face closure next year.

Roskomnadzor chief Alexander Zharod told reporters on Tuesday that foreign Internet companies would be forced to comply with the data storage requirement, Bloomberg reported.

Else, they would be asked to pack their bags, he added.

A law was signed by President Vladimir Putin three years ago requiring foreign technology companies to retain data of Russians on servers located within the country.

The report said companies like Google and Alibaba had fallen into line, while Twitter had asked for more time to evaluate if it made economic sense to comply.

Last November, Roskomnadzor ordered Russian service providers to block access to LinkedIn because the company had not complied with this law.

In the United States, technology companies have been trying to fight orders to turn over data stored abroad.

Microsoft won a case over emails stored in Ireland but is now facing a challenge in Supreme Court.

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