Putin signs the law that demands major internet companies to store data locally
So that the data is easily accessed by authorities
If foreign tech companies want to continue offering their services in Russia, they must now have a branch in the country. President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Thursday that stipulates that.
The rule is a new step for Russia to get a better grip on large tech companies. The law applies only to companies with more than 500,000 daily Russian users.
Russia has been working for some time to become less dependent on foreign tech companies. For example, they must also store data from Russian customers in Russia.
Moscow is also forcing tech companies to remove messages that it considers illegal. When Twitter recently refused to do so, the speed of the messaging service was reduced as a punishment, causing users to suffer.