Russia Aims to Ban Storing Data Abroad

Russia has passed the first bill in a move that mean all Russians’ data must be stored within the country. The bill has been described as “China-like”.


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If it becomes law, all data from services like Facebook or apps must have servers in Russia in order for a Russian to use the service.

TechCrunch reports that when sending data out of the country, companies will need to provide guarantees on data storage within Russia. The country’s regulator Roskomnadzor is overseeing the proposals.

A translated version of a segment of the bill tells us:

“When collecting personal data, including through information and the internet telecommunications network, the operator is required to provide a record that the systematization, accumulation, storage, updating and retrieval of personal data of citizens of the Russian Federation, is held on databases located in the territory of the Russian Federation.”

By passing this law, expected in September 2016, Russian authorities will be able to hold a tighter grip on Internet usage amongst its citizens. Roskomnadzor has been making a number of moves of late to try and stem certain topics online, going as far as to request Twitter to ban certain content relating to Ukraine and opposition parties.

The law would be extremely costly for tech companies big and small who would all need to reinvest in their data infrastructure to avoid punishment from the authorities.

Google, Facebook et al have not responded to the bill as of yet.