President Putin recently signed Federal Law No. 242-FZ (the “Law”)
which amends Russia’s 2006 data protection statute and
primary data security law (Laws 152-FZ and 149-FZ), to require
domestic data storage of Russian citizens’ personal data. The
Law will allow the websites that do not comply to be blocked from
operating in Russia and recorded on a Register of organisations in
The requirement to relocate database operations could place a
significant burden on both international and domestic online
businesses. All retail, tourism, and social networking sites, along
with those that rely on foreign cloud service providers, could have
their access to the Russian market heavily restricted by the Law.
The Law takes effect 1 September 2016, which may not provide some
organisations with enough of a transition period to make the
Earlier this year, the Brazilian government decided not to
include a similar provision in their Internet bill in recognition
of the draconian nature, the potential economic impact and the
practical difficulties. Russia has not taken this more
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