The new law, which will oblige large foreign IT companies to open representative offices in Russia, will affect not only all major social networks and instant messengers, but even the World Of Tanks game

Under the new law on the mandatory opening of representative offices of large foreign technology companies operating in Russia, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Google AdWords, YouTube, WhatsApp, Viber, Telegram, Steam, World Of Tanks will definitely fall. State Duma deputy from United Russia Anton Gorelkin wrote about this in his Telegram channel. He is a member of the Duma Committee on Information Policy and Communications.

Earlier, the chairman of this committee, Alexander Khinshtein, said that a bill regulating the work of foreign IT giants in Russia would soon be submitted to the State Duma. The parliamentarian called it a law on the “landing” of large foreign technology companies.

“Roskomnadzor will launch a digital platform for the exchange of legally significant information with foreign Internet companies doing business in Russia. Each company that meets a set of certain criteria will have to register on the platform and open a personal account there. This is written into the bill. We will strive to organize the interaction of foreign companies with government agencies in a one-stop shop. Therefore, the personal account of the interaction platform will be integrated with the personal account of the taxpayer,” Gorelkin said about the mechanism for interaction between the Russian authorities and companies enshrined in the bill.

The deputy specified that these are companies “that distribute information in Russian, target advertising to Russian consumers, profit from activities in Russia, process personal data of Russians and have at least 500,000 people in our country every day.”

The new bill will require the owners of such companies to open official representative offices in Russia, which “should fully represent the interests and be responsible for their activities,” including in courts. For refusal, sanctions may be applied against companies, including a ban on making payments to them, a ban on cross-border transfer of user data, a ban on advertising resources and placing advertisements on their sites.

In accordance with the previously adopted amendments to the law “On Personal Data”, all foreign social networks are required to store the data of Russian users on servers within the country.