Russia

Digital Devices Sold in Russia After July 2020 Must Have Russian Software Installed

Amendments to Russian consumer protection law require installation of local software on digital devices to be sold in Russia after July 2020. The Russian government will publish lists of the digital devices covered by the new requirements and local software that is approved by the government. Experts believe that computers, smartphones and smart TVs will likely be named among such digital devices.

The amendments were signed into law on December 2, 2019, and will come into force on July 1, 2020. READ MORE

Russia Significantly Increases Fines for Violations of Data Localization Requirement

Under Russian Data Protection Law, when collecting personal data, data operators (controllers) must ensure that recording, systematization, accumulation, storage, updating and extraction of personal data relating to Russian citizens are performed utilizing databases located in Russia (data localization requirement).

The new law, adopted by the Russian parliament and signed into law on December 2, 2019, introduces substantial fines for violations of that requirement. READ MORE