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The government can reduce the requirements for storing data of Russians for companies

September 1, 2020, 09:21 (UTC+3)|

The government is considering the possibility to ease some requirements for IT and telecom companies. In particular, according to RBC, the draft Plan for achieving the national development goals of Russia until 2024 and for the planning period until 2030 proposes:

  • Postponing the introduction of the requirements on the mandatory transfer of servers that store personal data of Russians into the territory of the country until October 30, 2022;
  • suspending until September 2022 the requirement of the Yarovaya Law to increase the capacity of technical means for storing Internet traffic by 15% annually, to abandon the requirement to store heavy content / video traffic;
  • providing holidays in 2020 for paying for the rent of state real estate objects for deploying communications infrastructure;
  •  ensuring that communications operators and data processing centers enter the wholesale power market.

At the moment, the document is still being developed, the newspaper reports.

According to the amendments to the Federal Law “On personal data” that came into effect on September 1, 2015, the information about Russian users must be stored in the territory of the Russian Federation.

According to the Yarovaya Law, telecom operators and organizers of information distribution on the Internet (e-mail services, instant messengers and other services that allow exchanging messages on the Internet) are obliged to store audio recordings of calls, the content of messages of users from July 1, 2018 for a period of six months, and from October 1 of the same year they have to store all Internet traffic for 30 days, annually increasing the storage capacity by 15%.

In April 2020 the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications and proposed postponing the introduction of the requirement to increase the storage capacity and exclude video services from capacity calculation.

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