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Russian Court Imposes Fines on Tinder and Twitch

Updated: Jan 8

A Russian court has fined Match Group, the company behind the popular dating app Tinder, 10 million roubles ($104,000) and streaming service Twitch 13 million roubles ($135,000) for repeatedly failing to comply with Russian law regarding data localisation.

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The court found that both companies had not adequately localised their data in accordance with Russian regulations.


This decision comes as part of Russia's ongoing efforts to enforce data localisation laws, which require companies to store and process Russian citizens' personal data within the country's borders. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in significant fines and penalties.


Match Group, the parent company of Tinder, has faced similar fines in the past for non-compliance with data localisation requirements. In 2019, the company was fined 4 million roubles ($52,000) for the same violation.

Twitch, a popular live streaming platform, is also being penalised for its failure to localise data. This is the first time the platform has been fined in Russia for non-compliance with data localisation laws.


Data localisation laws have been a contentious issue in many countries, as they often require companies to invest in local infrastructure and resources to comply with the regulations. Critics argue that these laws can hinder innovation and impose unnecessary burdens on businesses.


The fines imposed on Tinder and Twitch serve as a reminder to international companies operating in Russia of the importance of complying with local data protection regulations. Failure to do so can result in significant financial penalties and potential disruptions to their operations.

 
  • A Russian court has fined Match Group, the company behind Tinder and streaming service Twitch for failing to comply with data localisation laws.

  • Match Group was fined 10 million roubles ($104,000), while Twitch received a fine of 13 million roubles ($135,000).

  • Data localisation laws require companies to store and process Russian citizens' personal data within the country's borders.

Source: Reuters

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