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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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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.

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