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Moscow Court fines Twitter for breach of personal data laws

The court imposed a fine amounting to $62,800

MOSCOW, February 13. /TASS/. The judicial district of the Justice of the Peace in Moscow’s Tagansky District imposed a fine worth 4 mln rubles ($62,800) on US-based Twitter because of violation of personal data legislation, TASS reports from the court room.

"The court ruled to recognize Twitter as the guilty party under Part 8 of Article 13.11 of the Russian Code of Administrative Offenses (Breach of Russian Federation laws in personal data sphere) and imposed a fine amounting to 4 mln rubles," the judge said.

The case against Twitter was opened on the initiative of Russian mass media and telecom regulator Roskomnadzor due to refusal of the company to provide data about Russian users. Twitter will have to pay the fine within 60 days.

Under the Russian law on personal data, which took effect on September 1, 2015, national and foreign companies are obliged to keep and process personal data of Russian users in the territory of Russia.