Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) said Friday it was suing foreign tech companies, including Google, Airbnb, Pinterest, Likeme, Twitch, Apple and United Parcel Service Inc. for violation of personal data legislation. Russia has already fined Google 3 million rubles ($ 46,540) last year for failing to store Russian users’ personal data in a database in Russia. Roskomnadzor said on Friday that a new lawsuit had been filed against Google for repeated violations of Russian law. According to Roskomnadzor, the fine if guilty are between 6 million rubles ($ 91.00) and 18 million rubles ($ 273,000).
However, Roskomnadzor claims that these companies may have to pay between 1 million rubles ($ 15,000) and 6 million rubles ($ 91.00) for the first offenses. After the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, several companies left Russia. Most of these companies have ties to the US After several sanctions by the EU, the US and the UK, companies from these areas are leaving the Russian market. Well, Russia will not let them go easily and will take as many of them as possible before they leave. In addition to the multiple fines, these companies may have to lose any infrastructure they have in Russia.
Russia is suing Google
Russia has said it will file a lawsuit against Google over its “repeated refusal to delete Russian banned content.” The country will also impose a turnover fine of 7.2 billion rubles ($ 110 million). According to the database of the Russian Federal Service for Soldiers (FSSP), the competent authorities initiated enforcement proceedings against the company on April 29 based on the decision of the Tagansky Court of Moscow, recovering a fine of more than 7.2 billion rubles (December 2021 Russia minimum turnover penalty of 5% of Google’s annual revenue in 2020).
According to Interfax, the court convicted Google under Article 13.41 (5) of the Code of Administrative Offenses. This code relates to repeated breaches for deleting information by Internet resource holders.
The deadline for Google to voluntarily pay the fine expired on March 19. A Russian court has also fined Google 3 million rubles for refusing to remove banned content from YouTube. Russia also fined Google 11 million rubles earlier this month for failing to remove content banned by Russia.
Russia’s communications regulator claims it is working on measures to punish Google for “spreading lies” on the video-sharing platform. The Tagansky District Court in Moscow announced this month that it had found Google guilty of administrative misconduct. It also fined the company 4 million and 7 million rubles, respectively, Reuters reported.