Roskomnadzor, the watchdog, was quoted as saying that Twitter
and Facebook had not explained how and when they would comply
with legislation that requires all servers used to store
Russians' personal data to be located in Russia.
The agency's head, Alexander Zharov, was quoted as saying the
companies have a month to provide information or else action
would be taken against them.
Russia has introduced tougher internet laws in the last five
years, requiring search engines to delete some search results,
messaging services to share encryption keys with security
services and social networks to store Russian users' personal
data on servers within the country.
At the moment, the only tools Russia has to enforce its data
rules are fines that typically only come to a few thousand
dollars or blocking the offending online services, which is an
option fraught with technical difficulties.
However, sources in November told Reuters that Moscow plans to
impose stiffer fines on technology firms that fail to comply
with Russian laws.
(Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing
by Raissa Kasolowsky)
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