Google and Apple has long resisted Russian law: Roskomnadzor were questions on the localization of personal data and removing the prohibited content from the results in the search engines, as well as apps from the AppStore (e.g. Telegram). Now Google’s paid made by Roskomnadzor, a fine of 500 000 rubles for refusing to remove from search results links to forbidden resources and connect to the registry of sites with illegal content. The Russian representative office of Apple “the Company “eppl Rus” in turn, notified on the localization databases of Russian users in Russia.

Does this mean that the company not comply with the requirements of the regulator, afraid of sanctions, and Roskomnadzor has run out of patience?

Personal data

In Roskomnadzor said that about the localization of user data of Apple in Russia it was known in 2015, but on December 29, 2018 “Company “eppl Rus” has officially notified the Department, after which he was entered in the register of personal data operators. The first of February Roskomnadzor began a planned inspection of the company.

“Today begins a routine checkup “eppl Rus” on personal data, including localization”, — said the press service of the regulator.

If in relation to personal data, Apple is a transparent policy, then the question about removing apps from the AppStore the company is different. In April 2018, Roskomnadzor demanded from Apple and Google to remove it from the App Store and Google Play Telegram messenger, but the response was not followed. Thirteenth April from the App Store for a short time is gone alternative version of Telegram messenger X. But problems have arisen not only among Russian users: the app was unavailable in the us store. The requirements of the Russian regulator, the company then refused to comment.

At the request of Forbes about will there be any checks on the localization of personal data in relation to Google, the press service of Roskomnadzor responded that the audit plan for the current year the company not.

The head of Roskomnadzor Alexander Zharov said on January 21 that the Agency initiated administrative proceedings against Facebook and Twitter, as they are not outlined specific plans and timelines for localization databases of Russian users in Russia.

Banned resources

Google has no plans to comply with the law on filtering, forbidden sites. In December, the company said that Google will not challenge the penalty and will pay 500 000 rubles. Today, February 1, “RIA Novosti” with reference to the press-Secretary of Roscomnadzor Vadim Ampelonskiy wrote that the money was “received on account”.

“We said in January that launched a new cycle of interaction with Google connect to FGIS and the beginning of the filtration. From the bottom point. That is, we sent them notification of the need to connect to the system and given 30 days period. Waiting for,” said Forbes in a press-Department service.

“The penalty for refusing to connect to the FGIS resources is prohibited (paragraph 1 of article 13.40 of the administrative code) — explains the lawyer Pavel Chikov, head of human rights organization “Agora” (they represent the interests of the messenger Telegram Russia). — The search system operator must do so within 30 days from the receipt of the claim ILV. That is, theoretically they can be fined once a month. But there is the article 13.40 parts 2 and 3, which establishes liability for the links to the resources are prohibited. There is a fine of up to 700,000 rubles, and so can be fined for each reference. The government has demanded that Google connect Jan 15: if they do not do this by mid-February, will again be fined. And I think after two or three failures of the troops will begin to lobby for an increase in fines”.

While we are talking only about the fines against these companies, however, in early December, the Deputy head of Roskomnadzor Vadim Subbotin said that “conflict with Google gave the Agency the idea to toughen penalties for the failure of the search engines of the Russian rules”. Now, the service may initiate amendments to the law that will allow you to block resources for failure to remove content.

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