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RUSSIA WANTS TO BAN FACEBOOK UNLESS IT STORES DATA ON COUNTRY'S SERVERS

• http://www.newsweek.com, BY JESSICA KWONG

Roskomnadzor, Russia's communications regulator, announced the checkup plans on Wednesday, following up its September announcement that it would block Facebook starting next year if it fails to abide by the Russian law.

"In the near future Roskomnadzor will plan a series of supervisory activities aimed at analyzing the activities of the administration of Facebook in terms of the processing of Russian users' personal information, the terms of services for users, and the content of existing legislation," the regulator said in a statement carried by the Interfax news agency and reported by Reuters.

Russian officials have said that the law, signed by President Vladimir Putin in 2014, is designed to protect the personal information of its citizens. But critics call it an attack on social media and the latest move by the country to censor and control Internet usage.

The law states that website operators should "ensure recording, systematization, accumulation, storage, processing (updating, modification) removal of personal data of Russian citizens by using databases located on the territory of the Russian Federation."

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