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Russia: Moscow court fines Google RUB 15M for repeated non-compliance with data localisation rule

The Federal Service for the Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media ('Roskomnadzor') announced, on 16 June 2022, the decision of the Magistrate's Court of the Tagansky District of Moscow to impose a fine of RUB 15 million (approx. €265,920) on Google LLC, for violations of Article 18(5) of the Federal Law of 27 July 2006 No. 152-FZ on Personal Data ('the Law on Personal Data'), following an initial fine imposed in 2021.

Background to the decision

In particular, the Roskomnadzor recalled that Google had previously been subject to administrative responsibility in 2021 for breaching the data localisation rule under Article 18(5) of the Law on Personal Data which requires companies to store the personal data of Russian citizens within the territory of the Russian Federation. As a result, the Roskomnadzor noted that Google had been required to pay a fine of RUB 3 million (approx. €53,190).

Findings of the court

Accordingly, the Roskomnadzor noted that the Magistrate's Court considered the recommendations drawn up by the Roskomnadzor concerning Google's repeated failure to comply with the data localisation rule under Article 18(5) of the Law on Personal Data. As such, the Roskomnadzor confirmed the decision of the Magistrate's Court to impose a fine under Article 13.11(9) of the Code of 30 December 2001 No. 195-FZ on Administrative Offences in light of such repeated failure.

Outcomes

As a result of the Magistrate Court's decision, the Roskomnadzor confirmed that Google is required to pay a fine of RUB 15 million (approx. €265,920).

You can read the press release, only available in Russian, here.