Russia Fines Facebook 50 for Violating Data Privacy Law

first_img Podcasts Are TV Shows Now With ‘Limetown’ Trailer7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating Service A judge in a Moscow courtroom brought the gavel down hard on Facebook this week, ruling that the social networking giant had violated a local data law. The company was also slapped with a fine. Of about $50.Yes, that’s five zero and no, it’s not a typo. Facebook, which posted revenues of almost $56 billion in 2018 and paid more that $22 million for Mark Zuckerberg’s security detail, basically owes the Russian court a crisp, green portrait of Ulysses S. Grant.As you no doubt figured out already, the amount of the fine isn’t really important. What Russian authorities are more interested in is getting the legal ball rolling. The ruling could be the first step on the road to Facebook being totally banned in Russia.That’s exactly what happened to everyone’s favorite source of work-related inbox clutter, LinkIn. Russia has been blocking access to LinkedIn for more than two years now for the same offense.It all started back in September of 2015 when Russia’s data localization law came into effect. The law requires service providers to store the data of Russian users on servers that are physically located within Russia’s borders.According to ZDNet’s Catalin Cimpanu, the law isn’t enforced all that often. Early in 2017, however, authorities gave both Facebook and Twitter an  ultimatum: comply or face the consequences.Twitter promised to get with the program but reportedly still hasn’t taken any meaningful steps. They were also slapped with a token $50 fine last week as a result.It may now just be a matter of time before both sites are blocked in Russia. Presumably exceptions will be made for troll farm workers who need access in order to carry out their disinformation campaigns. Regulators don’t want to inadvertently make it harder for them to do their jobs. That’d just be wrong.More on Discover Two More Cases of Facebook Data ExposureFacebook Charged With Housing DiscriminationOops: Facebook Stored ‘Hundreds of Millions’ of Passwords in Plain Text Stay on targetlast_img

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