US social media giants are now coming under pressure in Europe. France and Russia are seeing media watchdogs target Twitter, Facebook and Google this week. Russia reported that Roskomnadzor has opened administrative proceedings against Facebook and Twitter, and the rationale is that these two firms, Twitter and Facebook, did not explain how and when they would localize Russian users personal data. This of course is a sensitive issue and is in the news in most countries – data control will be an explosive issue in 2019.
According to this watchdog, the two firms did not comply with new legislation requiring them to store Russian user data, personal data, on servers in Russia. Roskomandzor has issued formal demands on the social network giants. The watchdog added that it would begin administrative proceedings against both companies. Facebook has said that it was in touch with government bodies and will address all relevant issues.
Like most countries in Europe, Russia has tightened laws that are directly and indirectly tied to the internet as data and personal information breaches have taken place in many countries. The Russian government is allowed, under law, to block websites and firms on the internet that do not comply with regulations.