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WhatsApp Faces Proceedings in Russia Over Violation of Personal Data Law

WhatsApp could be fined between RUB 1 million (roughly Rs. 10 lakhs) to RUB 6 million (roughly Rs. 60 lakhs).

Russia on Friday launched administrative proceedings against Facebook’s WhatsApp for what it said was a failure to restrict data of Russian users in the Russian region, the Interfax news agency reported.

There was no quick remark from Facebook.

A day earlier, a Russian court fined Alphabet’s Google 3 million roubles for violating personal data legislation and registered administrative procedures against Facebook and Twitter for a similar offense.

The cases are part of a wider disagreement among Russia and Big Tech, with Moscow regularly fining social-media giants for failing to remove banned content and seeking to compel foreign tech firms to open offices in Russia.

WhatsApp could be fined between 1 million and 6 million roubles ($13,700 to $82,250), Interfax revealed, referring to court documents. A court date has not yet been set.