Federal Law No. 242-FZ

Russia’s Federal Law No. 242-FZ, On the Introduction of Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation with regard to the Clarification of the Procedure for the Processing of Personal Data in Data Telecommunications Networks, took effect on September 1, 2015 and requires that Russian citizens’ personal data gathered by operators, be stored by servers/data centers located in the Russian Federation (the “Localization Requirement”).  The fine for violation of the Localization Requirements was relatively small (approximately US$160).

On December 2, 2019, President Vladimir Putin signed Federal Law No. 405-FZ, On the Introduction of Amendments to the Administrative Offenses Code of the Russian Federation.  As of December 13, 2019, the Code has introduced new constituent element of an administrative offense – breach of localization requirements.
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