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Russia reportedly hits brakes on plan to bring forward local data storage mandate

Remember that crazy Russian law forcing any web service that handles Russians’ personal data to store it in Russian data centers? The one that’s annoyed the U.S. and may lead to Twitter, Facebook and Google being blocked in Russia? So that’s still happening, but an even crazier law, which would have brought forward the implementation date for this local storage mandate from 2016 to a few months from now, may have been derailed. According to an RBC TV report on Thursday, this bill has been postponed and may be entirely shelved – apparently the Russian aviation sector in particular freaked out at the impossible deadline for shifting its reservation systems, complaining that suitable infrastructure just doesn’t exist in Russia yet.

7 Responses to “Russia reportedly hits brakes on plan to bring forward local data storage mandate”

  1. Why is the original law (not the one about shortening the implementation timescales) crazy?
    Have you not heard what the US government has been doing with supposedly personal and private data that it is able to force companies to disclose?
    If anything, it is one of the more sane and rational things coming out of Russia at the moment… And is a move that several other countries have been mulling over.

    • David Meyer

      Firstly, it would make such data much more amenable to decryption by Russian spies (the FSB wants the Russian data centers to use homegrown encryption algorithms). More widely, this kind of thing would make the borderless internet unworkable, hampering if not outright killing the international services we use today. So much potential would go down the drain.

      • Exactly my point. The US has been doing something similar with data held in the US (and in fact been trying to do the same with data held anywhere by US tech companies). Now I’m not commenting on the rights and wrongs of this. (That’s a different topic.) all I’m saying is that whether you agree with it or not, it is a very RATIONAL response, and doesn’t seem to justify being characterised as “crazy”.