On December 2, 2019 the RF President signed a new law that establishes significant fines for violations of the localization rule in respect to the personal data of Russian citizens.
From September 2015, both foreign and Russian companies must process the personal data of Russian citizens using databases located in Russia (the so-called data localization rule).
From 2016, the regulatory body has increased its activity of checking compliance with the data localization rule. Even foreign companies with no offices in Russia may be scrutinized by the regulatory body. Now, companies violating the data localization rule will face significant fines.
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