Russia fines Apple and Zoom on suspicion of data storage breach


Moscow — US tech giant Apple and Zoom Video Communications were fined Tuesday for refusing to store data on Russian citizens on Russian territory.

Moscow has clashed with Big Tech over content, censorship, data and regional representatives in a fierce debate that has plunged into a full-scale battle since Russia sent troops to Ukraine on February 24.

According to a court in the Tagansky district of Moscow, Apple was fined 2 million rubles ($ 34,000), and Zoom and Ookla running the Internet performance tool Speedtest were fined 1 million rubles each. Alphabet’s Google has been ordered to pay 60,000 rubles for another data-related breach.

Apple, Zoom, Ookla, and Google didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

($ 1 = 59.0000 rubles)