Putin signs data retention law

Putin signs data retention law

Summary: Russian president Vladimir Putin has signed a new law requiring internet companies to retain the personal data of their Russian customers, or face being blocked from access in the country.

TOPICS: Privacy, Security

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law requiring internet companies to store all personal data of Russian users at data centres in Russia, a move which could chill criticism on foreign social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

These companies, which do not have offices in Russia, have become a vital resource for opposition groups and refuse to hand over user data to governments.

The use of Russian data centres would make them subject to Russian laws on government access to information.

The Kremlin said the law was aimed at "improving the management of personal data of Russian citizens on computer networks" and that companies that did not comply would be blocked.

Politicians who introduced the bill had complained that data stored abroad was at risk of being hacked and stolen by criminals.

The law could also cause problems for Russian companies such as tourism websites and airlines that rely on foreign-based online booking services.

Russia's Association of Electronic Communication (RAEC), a group that lobbies on behalf of internet companies, warned earlier this month that "many global internet services would be impossible" under the new law.

Internet companies have also warned that the two years before the measures come into force is not sufficient time for them to find or build data centres on which to store the data.

The law comes amid a number of measures cracking down on public dissent in Russia, including introducing jail terms of up to five years for repeated participation in unsanctioned protests and restrictions on the activities of non-governmental organisations.

Topics: Privacy, Security

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  • Hey Snowden

    Enjoy your new home! Bet you've got tons of privacy now.
  • Russia is smarter than the EU

    Russia shows us Europeans how to defend your business secrets in the digital age. Putin is a former intelligence office and this experience shows. European businesses are naive to store their senstitve data in american clouds while the US denies us a no-spy agreement.

    Of course the affected US IT companies that still collaborating with the NSA denounce that as a protectionist or anti-freedom measure. But the reality is, what is our freedom worth if washington snoops on us and manipulates our policies so we cannot build up a European IT industry. Russia is a success story of awareness to learn from. Russia is a state that still understand the need of counter-espionage and defense of its business secrets. On the other hand we see public institutions like the European Central Bank use Verizon lines...
  • In the old days the guys who

    ran the Internet had more class. If a country shot down an airliner, they'd just pull the plug on them and let the routers heal the loss around the offending country. I guess the new money guys who run things aren't as idealistic.
    Tony Burzio
    • Shoot as many as they want.

      Not happening.
  • nice for ownCloud

    I guess this is good news to ownCloud, although this isn't the way it should be spreading...

    BTW #owncloud7 is out - http://owncloud.org/blog/owncloud-7-released-with-more-sharing-and-control
  • No dissent or privacy Snowden is a Tool

    No BS in Russia there is no privacy.