Russia opens civil cases against Facebook, Twitter

The communication watchdog claims Facebook and Twitter had not explained how and when they would comply with legislation that requires all servers used to store Russians’ personal data to be located in the country. (AFP)
Updated 21 January 2019

Russia opens civil cases against Facebook, Twitter

  • Russia has introduced tougher Internet laws in the past five years
  • Moscow plans to impose stiffer fines on technology firms that fail to comply with Russian laws

MOSCOW: Russia’s communication watchdog said on Monday it was opening administrative proceedings against Twitter and Facebook for failing to explain how they plan to comply with local data laws, the Interfax news agency reported.
Roskomnadzor, the watchdog, was quoted as saying that Twitter and Facebook had not explained how and when they would comply with legislation that requires all servers used to store Russians’ personal data to be located in Russia.
The agency’s head, Alexander Zharov, was quoted as saying the companies have a month to provide information or else action would be taken against them.
Russia has introduced tougher Internet laws in the past five years, requiring search engines to delete some search results, messaging services to share encryption keys with security services and social networks to store Russian users’ personal data on servers within the country.
At the moment, the only tools Russia has to enforce its data rules are fines that typically only come to a few thousand dollars or blocking the offending online services, which is an option fraught with technical difficulties.
However, sources in November said that Moscow plans to impose stiffer fines on technology firms that fail to comply with Russian laws.


Saudi ministry signs media cooperation agreement with Russian news agency

Updated 15 October 2019

Saudi ministry signs media cooperation agreement with Russian news agency

  • It aims to implement projects designed to develop media coverage

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah on Monday signed a media cooperation agreement with Dmitry Kiselev, the head of Russian news agency Sputnik.

The accord, inked at the King Fahd Cultural Center in Riyadh, aims to implement projects designed to develop media coverage and objective and professional handling of all events in the political, economic, social, cultural, humanitarian and sport fields, to promote convergence between the Kingdom and Russia.

It also included the establishment of official headquarters for Sputnik in the Kingdom.

The agreement was timed to coincide with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s official visit to Saudi Arabia.