Russia Commands Twitter to Store Data Locally

By Kelley Chittenden

Russia is demanding Twitter to store the personal data of Russians locally. A controversial data localization law requiring Internet services to store the personal data of Russian citizens on servers located in Russia went into effect at the beginning of September. Although Russia’s Internet Regulator, Roskomnadzor, said Twitter was not subject to the law back in July, Radio Free Europe reports a change in Twitter’s user agreement prompted the announcement. Russia can block and fine sites that do not comply, and Roskomnadzor will apparently “wait patiently” for news of compliance.