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Facebook Pays Russia $50K Fine For Not Localizing User Data

Facebook has paid Russian authorities a 4 million ruble ($53,000) fine over its refusal to comply with controversial data localization laws.

Under laws which came into force in 2016, Russia requires all foreign technology companies to store data related to their Russian customers and users on servers located inside Russia.

Source: Facebook Pays Russia $50K Fine For Not Localizing User Data – The Moscow Times

Turkish data localization rules in effect for social media companies

On Oct. 1, 2020, amendments to the Regulation of Internet Broadcasts and Prevention of Crimes Committed through Such Broadcasts (Law No. 5651), also known as the Social Media Law in Turkey, entered into force.

The amendments define the term “social network provider,” oblige them to appoint a local representative, set out procedures for content removal, request reports every six months, and require user data to be stored within Turkey.

Source: Turkish data localization rules in effect for social media companies

The countdown is on for TikTok after Schrems II

Given the US’ threatened actions against TikTok and the outcome of Schrems II, it is clear that the spotlight is now firmly on international data transfers.

That European ruling, referred to in the media as Schrems II, dealt a ‘deathblow’ to transfers of personal data to the US pursuant to the Privacy Shield mechanism. However, the ruling went much further, sending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) shockwaves across all international personal data transfers from within the EU, whether to the US, China, India or elsewhere.

However, the comments from the US over the past weekend about TikTok suggest that the US is now also potentially looking at a more US-centric approach to data retention and access.

Source: The countdown is on for TikTok after Schrems II

Russian Government Presses Twitter, Facebook Over Data-Storage Law

Russia’s communications watchdog has opened administrative proceedings against the U.S. social-media sites Twitter and Facebook for allegedly failing to comply with legislation requiring them to store the personal data of Russian citizens on servers in Russia.

Source: Russian Government Presses Twitter, Facebook Over Data-Storage Law

EU says India’s data localisation unnecessary

The European Union has termed the data localisation requirements proposed by India as unnecessary, harmful and likely to have negative effects on trade and investments.

The proposed data protection policy in India requires every data fiduciary to store at least one copy of personal data collected on a local server or data centre.

Full article: GDPR-loving EU says India’s data localisation unnecessary – The Economic Times

India wants localization of cloud storage data in possible blow to big tech firms

A panel working on the Indian government’s cloud computing policy wants data generated in India to be stored within the country, according to its draft report seen by Reuters, a proposal that could deal a blow to global technology giants such as Amazon and Microsoft who offer such services.

Source: Exclusive: India panel wants localization of cloud storage data in possible blow to big tech firms | Reuters

Russian Data storage Decree “places great deal of pressure on telcos”

On 12 April 2018 the Russia’s Government issued Decree NQ 445, on Approval of the Rules for Storage by Telecommunication Operators of Text Messages of Users of Communication Services, Voice Information, Images, Sounds, Video and Other Communications of Users of Communication Services, providing for the establishment of data retention measures to counter terrorism and ensure public safety (‘the Decree’).

The Decree approves the procedure, terms and quantity of data storage by telcos of text messages, voice information, images, sounds, video and other communications in Russia. In particular, telcos will be obliged to store audio telephone communications and text messages of their users on Russian territory, in full for a period of 6 months, from 1 October 2018.

Source: Russia: Data storage Decree “places great deal of pressure on telcos”

With GDPR in the Background, Digital Protectionism Is on the Rise

A protectionist mindset that’s been brewing politically worldwide for quite some time is suddenly at the doorstep of every digital platform and global brand. Marketing players are now making locally-minded data moves that stand to hurt companies of all types; though the business ramifications have yet to be appropriately recognized.

Certain governments already have data localization laws in place. Russia, for example, enforces data localization laws so that citizens’ datasets have to remain in the country. Enforcing its laws, Russia has banned access to LinkedIn since 2016 and threatens to block Facebook in 2018 unless it agrees to comply with the data localization laws.

Source: With GDPR in the Background, Digital Protectionism Is on the Rise – Adweek

Vietnam’s new internet law will require data be stored locally

Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security (MoPS) thinks it is killing two birds with one stone by passing new laws regulating data storage. But it could soon find out it has no use for two dead birds while the stone flies off and damages the economy.

In June 2017, the MoPS proposed a draft cybersecurity law that requires all foreign online service providers (including Facebook, Google and Twitter) to store their Vietnamese users’ data exclusively in Vietnamese data centres — a practice known as ‘data localisation’. Foreign tech firms would likely have Vietnamese partners run their local data centres, manage domestic service sales and handle government requests for user data. The proposal has sparked a heated debate between those who believe in its benefits and those who warn against its serious threats to economic development.

Source: Vietnam’s new internet law will make the economy lag | East Asia Forum

Financial Data Localization: Conflicts and Consequences

How has the growing trend of global financial data localization laws affected financial institutions handling difficult questions of data privacy? What have been the practical impacts of these laws? FPF addresses these questions in a new info-graphic: “Financial Data Localization: Conflicts and Consequences”.

Source: Financial Data Localization: Conflicts and Consequences

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