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Russian Data Protection Authority Publishes Privacy Policy Guidance

On 31 July, the Russian data protection authority, Roskomnadzor, issued guidance for data operators on the drafting of privacy policies to comply with Russian data protection law. Russia’s 2006 privacy law – Federal Law No. 152-FZ of 27 July 2006 “On Personal Data” (Personal Data Law) – requires, among other things, that Russian data operators must adopt a privacy policy … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Natalia GulyaevaMaria SedykhBret Cohen

Russia Increases Fines for Violations of Data Protection Laws

On 7 February 2017, the Russian President signed into law a bill (link in Russian) introducing amendments to the Russian Code on Administrative Offences that increases the amount of the fines imposed for violating Russian data protection laws and differentiates the relevant offences’ types. The greatest increase raises maximum fines for certain violations from RUB 10,000 to 75,000 (approx. USD … Continue Reading

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Russia Releases 2017 Data Privacy Inspection Plans; Microsoft Passes 2016 Inspection

At the end of 2016, territorial divisions of the Russian Data Protection Authority, Roskomnadzor, published their 2017 plans for conducting inspections of local companies’ compliance with Russian data privacy requirements, including data localization. The inspection plans contain a number of prominent multi-national and Russian companies.

For instance, the inspection plan of Roskomnadzor’s territorial division for the Russian Central Region includes … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Natalia GulyaevaMaria SedykhBret Cohen

Moscow Court Upholds Ruling to Block LinkedIn in Russia for Non-Compliance with Data Localization Law

In a case with major significance for foreign online businesses that do business in Russia, on Thursday, 10 November the Moscow City Court sustained a lower court ruling that granted the request of the Russian Data Protection Authority (Roskomnadzor) to block access to social network LinkedIn within Russian territory.

As we described in an earlier post, Roskomnadzor brought the … Continue Reading

Posted in Advertising, Policy & Regulation Natalia GulyaevaMaria Sedykh

Russia limits Foreign Ownership in TV Audience Measurement Businesses

On 3 July 2016 the Russian President signed into law a bill amending the Law on Mass Media and Advertising Law (the “Law“), which restricts foreign ownership in TV audience measurement businesses to 20%.

The Law provides that TV audience measurements may be carried out exclusively by organizations authorized by the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Natalia Gulyaeva

Russia Imposes New Data Storage Requirements for Telecoms and ISPs

Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law “On introducing amendments to the Federal law ‘on fighting terrorism’ and other legislative acts of the Russian Federation related to establishment of additional measures against terrorism and ensuring public security” (the “Law”). Specifically, the Law introduces amendments to the Russian Law on Communications and the Russian Law On Information, … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Natalia GulyaevaMaria SedykhBret Cohen

Russia Data Localization Update: Results from Regulatory Inspections Clarify Enforcement Approach

We last reported on Russia’s data localization law earlier this year when the Russian data protection authority, Roskomnadzor, released its inspection plan for 2016. Since then, Roskomnadzor has been conducting compliance inspections both according to the plan and in individual cases when it has reason to do so. The results of those inspections and recent comments by the Head … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Natalia GulyaevaBret Cohen

Russia Releases Data Localization Inspection Plan for 2016

In mid-January, the territorial divisions of Russia’s Data Protection Authority, Roskomnadzor, uploaded their 2016 plans for conducting inspections of local companies’ compliance with Russia’s data localization requirements, and there are a number of prominent multi-national companies on the list.

For instance, the inspection plan of Roskomnadzor’s territorial division for the Russian Central Region (in Russian) contains a number of organizations … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Natalia GulyaevaMaria Sedykh

Russian “Right to be Forgotten” Law: Update

The “Right to be Forgotten Law” (the “Law”) was signed by the Russian President on 13 July 2015 and will take effect on 1 January 2016.

The Law imposes an obligation on search engines that disseminate advertisements targeted at consumers located in Russia to remove search results listing information on individuals where such information is unlawfully disseminated, untrustworthy, outdated, … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Natalia GulyaevaMaria SedykhBret Cohen

Russian Data Localization: Two Months In

We are now almost two months into the era of Russia’s Data Localization Law, which came into force on 1 September.  While some expected immediate enforcement, the Russian Data protection Authority, Roskomnadzor, has not yet taken any action for a violation of data localization requirements.  Last month, Roskomnadzor did take formal enforcement action to block a website and add Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Natalia GulyaevaMaria SedykhBret Cohen

Russian Data Localization Law: First Day in Force and Schedule for Compliance Inspections

Today, on 1 September, the Russian Data Localization Law came into force. So far there have been no unexpected developments or reports of any unplanned inspections by Roskomnadzor, the Russian Data Protection Authority.  Existing planning documents, however, provide some predictability for organizations subject to the law about the schedule under which Roskomnadzor plans on conducting compliance inspections.

Roskomnadzor’s plan for … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Natalia GulyaevaMaria Sedykh

Russia Introduces a Right to be Forgotten

With the aim of keeping pace alongside European practice, on July 13th 2015, the Russian President signed into law a bill amending the Federal Law “On Information, information technologies and on protection of information” No. 149-FZ of 27 July 2006. This law (the “Law”) introduces in Russia the so-called “right to be forgotten” or “right to oblivion” and will take … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Natalia GulyaevaMaria SedykhBret Cohen

Russia Update: Regulator Publishes Data Localization Clarifications

The Russian Ministry of Communications, the agency that oversees the Russian data protection authority which will be enforcing Russia’s Data Localization Law, published unofficial clarifications on its website that provide a view into how the Ministry believes organizations must comply with the law. While these clarifications are non-binding, they constitute the only written regulatory guidance that has been published to … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Natalia GulyaevaBret CohenMaria Sedykh

Russian Regulator Publishes Data Localization Clarifications One Month Before Sept. 1 Effective Date, Plus Other Developments

In September 2015 the Russian Data Localization Law will come into force, requiring organizations that collect personal data from individuals located in Russia to store that data within Russian territory. In this blog post, we summarize recent developments on how the law will be applied, including the unexpected publication of regulatory guidance issued by the government this week.

After many … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Policy & Regulation Natalia GulyaevaMaria SedykhBret Cohen

Russia Data Localization Law Update and Webinar: New Details Emerge from Meetings with Russian Regulator

With the September 2015 effective date of Russia’s Data Localization Law less than six months away, the Russian data protection authority, Roskomnadzor, has still not issued any formal guidance on how it interprets the law’s broad requirement that companies must process and store the personal data of Russian citizens within Russia. Roskomnadzor has, however, recently held a series of meetings … Continue Reading

Posted in Advertising, Policy & Regulation Natalia GulyaevaMaria Sedykh

News in Russian Advertising Law

Russian Advertising Law[3] has been substantially amended in the course of 2014 and January 2015. More details are below, but the most remarkable amendments relate to the introduction of a prohibition on advertising on Pay-TV channels and prohibition on advertising of alcoholic beverages. In addition, some restrictions introduced in 2014 have been now softened, with more potential amendments in … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Entertainment & Content, Internet, Policy & Regulation Natalia GulyaevaMaria Sedykh

Russian President Signs a Law that Expands the Current Scope of the Anti-piracy Law to all Types of Content

On 24 November 2014, the Russian President signed into law a bill introducing amendments to the so-called Anti-piracy Law[1] and expanding its scope to all types of copyright-protected content available on the Internet, except for photographs (the “Law“)[2]. The Law will take effect on 1 May 2015.

Under the Law the following procedure will become … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Entertainment & Content, Internet, Policy & Regulation Natalia GulyaevaMaria Sedykh

Russia: New anti-piracy fee for Internet content is proposed

The First Vice Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov has reportedly[1] ordered the Russian Ministries of Culture, Communications, Economic Development, Finance, and Justice to assess a proposal from the Russian Union of Right Holders (“RUR“), to fight piracy by introducing a fixed royalty fee to be paid to rights holders in exchange for unlimited use of content on Internet. … Continue Reading

Posted in Advertising, Broadcasting, Policy & Regulation Natalia Gulyaeva

Pay-TV businesses affected by changes in Russian advertising laws

On 1 January 2015 amendments to the Russian Federal law “On advertising” No 38 of 13 March 2006 will come into force. The main change is prohibition of advertisement on Pay-TV channels and/or channels that use technical decoding devices. The law does not apply to Free-TV channels.

The amendments affect all Pay-TV channels notwithstanding the country of origin. The Russian … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation Natalia GulyaevaMaria Sedykh

Russia tightens foreign ownership restrictions in media

On 14 October 2014 the Russian President signed into law a bill introducing amendments to the Russian Mass Media Law[1] (the “Law”), which introduces severe restrictions for foreign ownership in media business in Russia.[2] The Law will come into force on 1 January 2016.  The draft of the Law was submitted to the State Duma (the lower house … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Entertainment & Content, Internet Natalia Gulyaeva

RUSSIA: largest social network found liable for copyright infringement by users

ARBITRAZH COURT OF ST PETERSBURG AND LENINGRAD REGION, DECISION OF 15 OCTOBER 2012, NO. A56-16627/2011; 13TH ARBITRAZH COURT OF APPEAL, DECISION OF 21 JANUARY 2013

The Russian courts have adopted a new interpretation of copyright legislation, leading to successful copyright infringement proceedings against the Russian social network VKontakte.

VKontakte is currently the largest Russian social network with more than 100 … Continue Reading