Does new Russian Personal Data Law ban international business?
Rimma Leshcheva explains the position with regard to Russia’s new data laws and suggests how to deal with it.
On 1 September 2015, a new law on personal data protection issues will come into force in Russia. Its effect is that companies processing personal data of Russian citizens must store such data in databases located on the territory of the Russian Federation.
The amendments have been under discussion for a long time. Initially the effective date was to be 1 September 2016 but, since under the newly signed law the effective date of these amendments is now 1 September 2015, all companies processing personal data of Russian citizens in databases located outside Russia have less than half a year to make their systems compliant with the new requirements.