Russian Personal Data Localization Requirements – A Radioactive Issue?

nukeRussia’s nuclear power agency, Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corp., is offering what it says is help for multinationals saddled with a new data localization law—which took effect Sept. 1—that requires companies to hold personal information on Russian citizens they collect and process on servers located within the borders of the country.

So how is Rosatom offering to help? The agency said it is building a new data center next to a nuclear power plant and has invited Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. to store information there, according to the Russian government sponsored media source Russia Beyond the Headlines.

So far, Facebook hasn’t liked the offer. Googling Google reveals nothing about the Web giant preparing to move data to a new server facility next to the Kalinin nuclear power plant in the Tver region, 225 miles from Moscow.

In the Beyond the Headlines article, Sergei Smirnov of the Energy Efficiency Union said building a data center next to a nuclear plant is a good idea because server farms need large amounts of guaranteed secure electricity and water for cooling.

Makes sense, right? But remember that Vladimir Putin is in charge, Russia headed that old U.S.S.R. that brought us Chernobyl over there in Ukraine, and remember how Godzilla came to be … just saying.

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