Take action against Airbnb: Airbnb sanctioned by Russia over alleged data storage violations

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Russia: Airbnb, along with video streaming service Twitch, social media service Pinterest and supply chain management company United Parcel Service [UPS], have all been sanctioned by Russia’s communications regulator, Roskomnadzor, for alleged data storage violations.

According to the Moscow court’s press service, Airbnb, Amazon-owned Twitch and Pinterest were found guilty by the Tagansky District Court of breaching Russian legislation on personal data, for allegedly refusing to store Russian citizens’ personal data in the country. All three were subsequently handed fines of two million roubles each [$37,700], while UPS was fined one million roubles [$18,900].

The decision follows Roskomnadzor’s announcement last month that it had opened administrative cases against Airbnb and other large Silicon Valley tech firms that they had breached data storage legislation in Russia.

Last year, Google was fined three million roubles [$46,000] over a similar allegation, before being hit with a larger fine of 15 million roubles [$282,000] earlier this month for a supposed second breach. Google’s Russian subsidiary later filed for bankruptcy after authorities seized its bank account, leaving it unable to pay staff and suppliers.

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