New personal data storage rules apply for Russian and global ecommerce

Tuesday 15 July 2014 14:03 CET | News

The Russian parliament has adopted new rules regarding the collection and storage of personal data, which will be allowed only on the Russian territory starting with September 2016, according to online media outlet East-West Digital News.

While storage of personal data on servers located abroad is allowed under the existing legislation with some restrictions, the new rules demand that only servers located physically on the Russian territory be used. Should an online resource fail to respect this obligation, access to it from Russia may be restricted or blocked by state regulator Roskomnadzor.

International companies which currently centralize data from all countries on their own or third-party servers will have to treat and store Russian personal data separately. This concerns international websites, mobile application publishers, airlines, brands, manufacturers and even local small businesses with Russian users or clients.

In the vast majority of cases, however, compliance with the new requirements will not be out of reach for businesses. For companies dealing only with Russian users or clients, data repatriation will be a manageable task.

As for international databases, several examples show that segregating user data by country of origin is also a manageable task.

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Keywords: Russia, ecommerce, collection, storage, personal data
Categories: Payments & Commerce
Countries: World
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