Russia Sets New Sept. 1, 2015 Deadline For Companies to Utilize Local Servers

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By Sergei Blagov

Dec. 31 — Russian President Vladimir Putin signed legislation (Federal Law No. 526-FZ) to set a new deadline—Sept. 1, 2015—for companies to store all personal data of citizens of the Russian Federation in databases located inside Russia, the presidential press-service said in a Dec. 31 statement.

The action releases some pressure on international companies that process personal data of Russian citizens to comply with the law in a threatened Jan. 1 deadline, but still moves the compliance date up a year from its original Sept. 1, 2016 deadline.

Moves Back from ‘Impossible' Deadline

In July 2014, Putin signed into law a measure (Federal Law No. 242-FZ) to require data operators to store all personal data of citizens of the Russian Federation in databases located inside Russia by Sept. 1, 2016.

But then in a move some saw as a reaction to U.S. sanctions for Russia's actions in the Ukraine, the Duma, the lower house of Parliament, Sept. 19, 2014, passed a previous bill (No. 596277-6) that would have moved the compliance deadline to Jan. 1, 2015.

Analysts told Bloomberg BNA that a Jan. 1 compliance deadline for the data localization law was “impossible” to meet.

On Dec. 17, the Duma passed the bill with the new Sept. 1, 2015, deadline. The Federation Council, the upper house of Parliament, approved the measure Dec. 25.

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Full text of the bill, in Russian, is available at http://op.bna.com/pl.nsf/r?Open=dapn-9sdlqw.

An unofficial English translation of the bill provided to Bloomberg BNA by the ALRUD law firm in Moscow is available at http://op.bna.com/pl.nsf/r?Open=dapn-9sdls9.