BLOG | WEB HOSTING, TECHNOLOGY, MARKETING, AND LATEST NEWS

Deputy of the State Duma Anton Gorelkin speaks during an interview with Reuters in Moscow, Russia August 13, 2019. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina/File Photo
June 16 (Reuters) – A Moscow court on Thursday said it had fined Alphabet's Google (GOOGL.O) 15 million roubles ($260,000) for repeatedly failing to comply with a Russian law requiring technology companies to localise user data.
Russia has issued multiple fines to foreign technology companies in recent years over a range of infringements, in what critics say is Moscow's attempt to exert greater control over the internet.
Google declined to comment.
Russia has restricted access to Twitter (TWTR.N) and Meta Platforms Incs' <(META.O) flagship social networks, Facebook and Instagram, but Google and its YouTube video hosting service, though under pressure, remain available for now. Moscow particularly objects to YouTube's treatment of Russian media, which it has blocked. But Anton Gorelkin, deputy head of the State Duma committee on information policy, said the U.S. company was not yet at risk of meeting the same fate. "Blocking is an extreme measure and YouTube and Google have not crossed this line of reasonableness, but they are involved in the information war against Russia," Gorelkin told reporters at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum.
Moscow's Tagansky District Court said it had imposed the fine for what it described as Google's repeated failure to store the personal data of Russian users in databases on Russian territory. Google moved some employees out of Russia after Moscow sent troops into Ukraine in late February.
Photo-sharing application LikeMe was fined 1.5 million roubles for a first-time offence. LikeMe could not be reached for comment. Google's ability to pay could be hampered as its Russian subsidiary announced plans to file for bankruptcy in May after authorities seized its bank account. read more Gorelkin said Google could not be a global leader without operations in China and pointed to Yandex (YNDX.O), often referred to as Russia's answer to Google, as a viable competitor. "I am certain that Google will stay in Russia if it does not cross the line," he said.
Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Electric and hybrid models should make up 80% of Ferrari's sales by 2030, the luxury carmaker told investors on Thursday, vowing to produce "even more unique" cars as it leans on partners to make the costly shift to zero-emission driving.
Reuters, the news and media division of Thomson Reuters, is the world’s largest multimedia news provider, reaching billions of people worldwide every day. Reuters provides business, financial, national and international news to professionals via desktop terminals, the world's media organizations, industry events and directly to consumers.
Build the strongest argument relying on authoritative content, attorney-editor expertise, and industry defining technology.
The most comprehensive solution to manage all your complex and ever-expanding tax and compliance needs.
The industry leader for online information for tax, accounting and finance professionals.
Access unmatched financial data, news and content in a highly-customised workflow experience on desktop, web and mobile.
Browse an unrivalled portfolio of real-time and historical market data and insights from worldwide sources and experts.
Screen for heightened risk individual and entities globally to help uncover hidden risks in business relationships and human networks.
All quotes delayed a minimum of 15 minutes. See here for a complete list of exchanges and delays.
© 2022 Reuters. All rights reserved

source

Write A Comment