Important changes to Russian data protection rules

There has been an important development in Russian data protection law.

On 22 July 2014, a new law amending the Law on Data Protection and Law on Information was signed off by the Russian president and thus was officially adopted. The law will come into force on 1 September 2016.

The law requires all personal data operators to store and process any personal data of Russian individuals within databases located in Russia (subject to few exceptions). The penalty for violation of this requirement is ultimately the blocking of websites involving unlawful handling of Russian personal data. A Register of Infringers of Rights of Personal Data Subjects shall be established by the Russian telecommunication authority (Roskomnadzor) and, from there, Roskomnadzor may move to block websites…

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