Russia fines streaming company Twitch for data storage

In this illustration, a Twitch logo of a US video live streaming service is displayed on a smartphone and a PC screen. (Photo illustration by Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

A Moscow court has said it has fined video streaming service Twitch of 2 million rubles ($37,736) in one of several cases expected on Tuesday, after foreign companies allegedly failed to locate the personal data of Russian citizens.

Moscow has clashed with Big Tech over content, censorship, data and local representation in a simmering dispute that has erupted into a full-blown information war since Russia sent tens of thousands of troops to Ukraine on Feb. 24.

Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor opened administrative cases against Google from Alphabet Inc and six other foreign technology companies, including Twitch, in late May for alleged violations of personal data laws.

Amazon-owned Twitch did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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