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Watchdog may block Facebook in Russia over personal data storage

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Social network Facebook will be blocked in Russia despite a big number of users if it does not comply with requirements of the law on the storage of personal data on the Russian territory.

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Alexander Zharov, head of the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media, told that reporters.

“The law is obligatory for everyone, that’s why there are no doubts – we will either get the law to be fulfilled or the company will cease its operations on the territory of Russia, how, unfortunately, it happened with LinkedIn. There are no exceptions here,” Zharov said.

“We realize quite well that Facebook has a significant number of users on the Russian territory, on the one hand. On the other hand, we understand that this is not a unique service, there are other social networks. That’s why we will work to ensure that Facebook complies with the 242nd law,” he said.

Facebook continues to tell the watchdog that it is considering how to comply with the law, Zharov said. “We have not received official letters from them.

"We do not plan to probe Facebook until the end of 2017, but we will think in 2018,” he said.

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