Russia fines Twitch, Pinterest and UPS for data storage
A Moscow court says it has fined video streaming service Twitch, social network Pinterest and United Parcel Service in three of many cases due on Tuesday over alleged refusal by foreign companies to store personal data of Russian citizens in Russia .
Moscow has clashed with Big Tech over content, censorship, data and local representation in a simmering dispute that has erupted into an all-out information battle since Russia sent tens of thousands of soldiers in Ukraine on February 24.
Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor opened administrative proceedings in late May against Alphabet Inc’s Google and six other foreign technology companies, including Amazon-owned Twitch, Pinterest and UPS, for alleged breaches of personal data laws.
The Moscow Courts News Service said Twitch was found guilty by the Tagansky District Court of violating Russian personal data laws and fined 2 million rubles ($37,700). Pinterest was also fined 2 million rubles, news agencies reported, and UPS 1 million rubles.
Twitch, Pinterest and UPS did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Separately, the court said it fined Canada-based storytelling platform Wattpad Corp 1 million rubles. for failing to remove content Russia deems illegal.
Wattpad had no immediate comment.