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September 5 2014

Russia 's Internet Privacy Act Will Have Wide Implications for Foreign Companies

Russia's State Duma and Federation Council have adopted amendments to Russia 's personal data protection act, which require that personal data of all Russians is stored inside the country. This data localization obligation will have a major impact on global social networking companies but also other companies that transmit electronic communications over the Internet. The Bill is waiting for the signature of Vladimir Putin and may become effective on September 1, 2016. It means that any foreign company using the personal data of Russian nationals outside Russia must locate its servers in Russian Federation territory. Otherwise, access to this type of information resource will be blocked.