Tinder owner fined 2 million rubles for refusing to localize data

The World Court of the Tagansky District of Moscow found Match Group (owner of the dating app Tinder) guilty of refusing to localize the data of Russians in Russia. This was reported by the RIA Novosti agency.

“Find guilty Match Group LLC and impose an administrative fine in the amount of 2 million rubles,” the judge ruled.

The company was convicted under Part 8 of Art. 13.11 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation (failure by the operator, when collecting personal data, of the obligation to ensure the recording, systematization, accumulation, storage of personal data of citizens of the Russian Federation using databases located on the territory of the Russian Federation). Initially, she was threatened with a fine of up to 6 million rubles.

It is noted that Roskomnadzor sent a request for the localization of personal data of Tinder users, but the company that owns the application did not do this. Then an administrative protocol was drawn up.

Today, under the same article, she was fined 1 million rubles. Snap Inc. She owns the Snapchat messenger. For the repeated refusal to localize the data of Russians in the country, the WhatsApp messenger (owned by Meta, whose activities are recognized as extremist and banned in Russia) was also found guilty. The companies imposed a fine of 18 million rubles. This is the maximum penalty under the article for a repeated violation.

Previously, the court also fined Apple, Pinterest photo hosting, Airbnb, the Twitch streaming platform, and Google for the same violation. The latter repeatedly ignored the requirement of Roskomnadzor and received a fine of 15 million rubles.

According to the law on personal data of 2015, companies are required to store the data of Russians in databases located on the territory of Russia. In case of violation of the law under this article, the service may be blocked. In particular, in November 2016, the social network of business contacts LinkedIn refused to comply with the requirement and was included in the register of violators of the law on personal data. In December 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law imposing fines for this offense.

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