The State Duma in the second reading supported a bill obliging foreign IT companies with a daily audience in the Russian Federation of 500 thousand people to open their branches in Russia. The law may include, in particular, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Telegram.
As part of the project, IT companies are required to open a branch, representative office or authorized legal entity in Russia, register a personal account on the Roskomnadzor website, and post on their website an electronic form for feedback with Russian citizens and organizations. If companies do not comply with the requirements, they may be banned from distributing advertising, as well as collecting personal data. Also, companies will face traffic slowdown or even blocking.
The draft passed the first reading on June 1. One of its developers, chairman of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy, Alexander Khinshtein, expressed the hope that market participants would “understand” the innovations.
Read more about the initiative in the material of “Kommersant FM” “Foreign IT giants” will land “branches”.