25 November, 2021 105

Apple, Facebook, Google and other IT giants are obliged to open representative offices in Russia


Roskomnadzor has compiled a list of 13 foreign IT companies that are due to open their offices in Russia by January 1, 2022 under the law on “landing”.

According to a BBC report citing the Roskomnadzor website, the register includes the owners of 22 information resources. These include Google (which includes YouTube), Apple, Meta Platforms (Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp), Telegram, Twitter, TikTok, Zoom, Viber, Pinterest, Spotify, Twitch, Likee, and Discord.

Foreign Internet companies with a daily audience of more than 500 thousand users will be required to open their offices in Russia. They should also publish on their website an electronic feedback form for Russian users.

In case of refusal to comply with the requirements, the resources are threatened with a ban on the distribution of advertising, the acceptance of payments and the collection of personal data of Russian users. Roskomnadzor can also slow down their traffic or block websites altogether.

The law on the “landing” of international Internet companies was submitted to the State Duma in May last year. President Vladimir Putin signed it on July 1. Requirements for these restrictions were approved in July 2021 under the so-called “landing” law.

Many foreign companies have received multimillion-dollar fines from Russian regulators in recent years. Since the beginning of 2021, Facebook, Twitter, Telegram, Google and TikTok have been fined 187 million rubles for not deleting prohibited information. Facebook alone has been fined 80 million rubles since the beginning of the year.

After January 1, 2022, foreign companies will be able to “continue the dialogue” with the regulator if they encounter difficulties when registering an office in Russia. This was assured on October 22 by representatives of Roskomnadzor.

 

 

 


 


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