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Safe Harbor Invalidated – What Next?

On 6 October 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) declared the EU-US Safe Harbor framework invalid as a mechanism to legitimize transfers of personal data from the EU to the US.  This decision effectively leaves any organisation that relied on Safe Harbor exposed to claims that such data transfers are unlawful.

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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.

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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.

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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