Rus­sia threat­ens to block Face­book

Truro Daily News - - WORLD -

MOSCOW — In its lat­est at­tempt to wrest con­trol of the In­ter­net, Rus­sia’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions agency on Tues­day threat­ened to block ac­cess to Face­book if the com­pany re­fuses to store its data lo­cally. Alexan­der Zharov, chief of the Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Agency, told Rus­sian news agen­cies on Tues­day that they will work to “make Face­book com­ply with the law” on per­sonal data, which obliges for­eign com­pa­nies to store it in Rus­sia. Crit­ics have slammed the law, which went into ef­fect in 2015, for po­ten­tially ex­pos­ing the data to Rus­sian in­tel­li­gence agen­cies. Zharov said that the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment un­der­stands Face­book is a “unique ser­vice” but said it will not make ex­cep­tions and will have to block it next year if Face­book does not com­ply.

Last year, Rus­sia blocked busi­ness-fo­cused so­cial net­work LinkedIn af­ter a court ruled it vi­o­lated the law on data stor­age.

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