Russian Data on Russian Servers – Yikes it’s the Law

Mirkwood Evans Vincent Kremlin

Despite vociferous international protests to Roscomnadzor, the Russian data protection authority, the law requiring the data of Russian citizens to be stored on Russian servers became law on 1st September 2015.

There has still been no official clarification on whether the law requires that no data of Russian citizens can be stored outside of Russia or whether it is merely required for such data to be stored in Russia as well as on an offshore basis.

A veritable industry of data processors in Russia willing to help international companies seems to have sprung up in the wake of the legislation. Audits are promised with immediate effect and so if you are providing services directed to the Russian market and are not compliant yet, you need to act now!

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