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Facebook could get banned in Russia if it does not store user data locally

Russia says it will boycott Facebook in 2018 if the organization neglects to conform to data storage laws.

Alexander Zharov, head of correspondences controller Roskomnadzor, was cited by official state media outlets on Tuesday as saying “the law is obligatory for all.”

“In all cases we will make sure the law is complied with, or the company will stop working in the Russian Federation,” he said. “There are no exceptions here.”

Russia’s law on individual data storage happened in September 2015. It requires companies that gather the individual data of residents to store the data on Russian soil.

Zharov said his organization has not been in contact with Facebook but rather added that the company needs to conform to the law soon.

“In 2018, we will think about it, and maybe we will check,” he said.

Zharov told state media that Roskomnadzor had gotten a letter from Twitter saying it would agree to the data storage law starting in 2018.

Facebook and Twitter both declined to remark.

LinkedIn, which was gained by Microsoft in 2016, has just crossed paths with the law. It was prohibited by Roskomnadzor in November 2016.

Kremlin representative Dmitry Peskov said that Facebook is a business undertaking procuring cash in Russia, and in this way, it must consent to the law.


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