Watchdog, Facebook discuss issue of localizing personal information of Russians

The Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications (Roskomnadzor) and Facebook have discussed the issue of fulfilling the requirements of Russian legislation about the localization of Russian citizens' personal information on Russian territory by the social network, Roskomnadzor said in a statement on August 25.

Facebook is one of the Internet companies which have not yet dealt with the issue of localizing personal data of Russian citizens on Russian territory. Source: Reuters

The Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications (Roskomnadzor) and Facebook have discussed the issue of fulfilling the requirements of Russian legislation about the localization of Russian citizens' personal information on Russian territory by the social network, Roskomnadzor said in a statement on August 25.

Roskomnadzor is not commenting on the results of the meeting between the head of the agency, Alexander Zharov, and the Facebook director for public policy in Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe and Russia, Thomas Myrup Kristensen.

Facebook is one of the Internet companies which have not yet dealt with the issue of localizing personal data of Russian citizens on Russian territory. Besides Facebook, Apple and Google are also such companies. Zharkov said earlier that he had met with Google representatives and "they are thinking about how to follow the law."

However, none of these companies are listed for inspections before the end of the year, Zharov said. "In principle, these companies can work until the planned inspection time, or if for whatever reason, an unscheduled inspection is carried out," he said.

Unscheduled inspections could be carried out by the decision of the Prosecutor's Office on the basis of complaints by citizens or companies about violations in the processing of their personal data.

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