Russia fines Google 3 million rubles for violating personal data law

A man passing the Alphabet Inc. Google logo in front of an office building in Zurich, Switzerland, on July 1, 2020. (ArndWiegmann / Reuters)

Moscow-Russia fined Google 3 million rubles ($ 41,000) for violating the Personal Data Act on Thursday, the Tagansky District Court in Moscow said.

Google confirmed the fine and did not provide any further comments.

Moscow regularly punishes social media giants for failing to remove banned content and trying to force foreign tech companies to open offices in Russia.

State communications regulator Roscomnadzor fined up to 6 million rubles ($ 82,000) last month for Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., not storing personal data of Russian users in a database of Russian territories. He said he could be fined.

Russia has previously fined Google for not removing banned content. Google has also offended Russian authorities by blocking several YouTube accounts owned by pro-Kremlin figures and the media.

Maria Kiselova and Maria Vasilieva

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