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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Application of Russian Localization Law to Employee Data Remains Unclear

On August 3, one month before the Russian Data Localization Law comes into effect, the Ministry of Communications published non-binding clarifications of the law. Under this new guidance, which thus far is the only written guidance that has been published, employee data will be exempted from coverage by the Data Localization Law. However, during meetings in June and July with industry and trade associations, the opposite position was taken by Roskomnadzor, the data protection authority, namely that employee data will be subject to the law. Requests made by the business associations for a one year extension of the implementation date of the law have thus far yielded no results.

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