The Russian Duma recently set a new deadline for companies to
localise their data processing of Russian citizens on Russian soil,
while the data protection authority published an order removing
Hong Kong and Switzerland from its 'adequate privacy protection
The Russian Duma has voted through, on a first reading, an
accelerated effective date for the data localisation law, moving
the deadline forward by a year to 1 September 2015. Previously,
Federal Law No. 242-FZ, which amends Russia's 2006 data
protection statute and primary data security law (Laws 152-FZ and
149-FZ), had been proposed to come into force as early as 1 January
2015, from the initial deadline of 1 September 2016.
In addition, the Russian data protection authority
(Roscomnadzor) issued a new order removing Hong Kong and Switzerland from a
list of countries that meet privacy protection adequacy standards
in Russia. Nothing in the order indicates a reason for the removal.
The order becomes effective 25 December 2014. The list of adequate
countries includes all members of the Council of Europe Convention
108 on Data Protection, as well as Australia, Argentina, Israel,
Canada, Morocco, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, New Zealand, Angola,
Benin, Cape Verde, South Korea, Peru, Senegal, Tunisia and
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