MOSCOW

A magistrate court in Moscow fined on Thursday the US tech giant Google 3 million rubles (over $41,000) for violating a law on data localization.

Google refused to implement the law, demanding to store the data of the Russian users on the territory of the country, the court’s press service said in a statement.

Earlier, another court penalized Google for its refusal to wipe out prohibited information.

According to the law adopted in 2015, all foreign companies must keep the data of their Russian users on the computer servers in the country.

Business social network platform LinkedIn in 2016 and Telegram messenger app in 2018 were blocked in Russia due to the same reasons, with Telegram freed from restrictions in 2020 after meeting the requirements.

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