Wednesday, 27 September 2017 11:04

Russia tells Facebook to store data locally or get out Featured


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.


26-27 February 2020 | Hilton Brisbane

Connecting the region’s leading data analytics professionals to drive and inspire your future strategy

Leading the data analytics division has never been easy, but now the challenge is on to remain ahead of the competition and reap the massive rewards as a strategic executive.

Do you want to leverage data governance as an enabler?Are you working at driving AI/ML implementation?

Want to stay abreast of data privacy and AI ethics requirements? Are you working hard to push predictive analytics to the limits?

With so much to keep on top of in such a rapidly changing technology space, collaboration is key to success. You don't need to struggle alone, network and share your struggles as well as your tips for success at CDAO Brisbane.

Discover how your peers have tackled the very same issues you face daily. Network with over 140 of your peers and hear from the leading professionals in your industry. Leverage this community of data and analytics enthusiasts to advance your strategy to the next level.

Download the Agenda to find out more


Sam Varghese

website statistics

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.



Recent Comments