Russia files lawsuit against Google for violating personal data law

And awaits responses from Facebook and Twitter on a request to locate similar data

Russia has opened administrative proceedings against Google for failing to store the personal data of Russian users in databases located on Russian territory, which could result in a fine for the tech giant, said the communications regulator Roskomnadzor

Roskomnadzor said he also expects Facebook and Twitter to respond to a request to locate similar data by July 1, or face fines, as part of Moscow’s broader efforts to exercise greater control over great technologies.

The country has imposed a punitive freeze on Twitter since March for failing to remove content Moscow deems illegal and is considering legislation that would require foreign tech companies to open offices in Russia or face sanctions such as the ban on advertising.

President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia has no plans to block foreign social media sites, but hopes that Russian social media will provide opportunities for creative and talented people to flourish.

“We do not intend to block anyone, we want to work with them, but there are problems, which lie in the fact that they send us back when they do not comply with our requests and Russian law, ”Putin said in a live question-and-answer session broadcast by state television.

Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O), did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

She could be fined up to 6 million rubles (€ 69,225) for failing to comply, Roskomnadzor said.

These administrative cases are usually heard by a Moscow district court.

About 600 foreign companies have located data in Russia, a list which Roskomnadzor says includes Apple, Samsung and PayPal.

Microsoft’s LinkedIn is blocked in Russia after a court ruled it violated the data storage rule, passed in 2015, which required all data about Russian citizens to be stored in the country.