The Ministry of Communications will explain the work of the law on personal data

    In the near future, a section with an explanation of the provisions of Federal Law No. 242 “On Personal Data” should appear on the website of the Ministry of Communications. The law comes into force on September 1, 2015 . In addition to clarification, a new feedback form will be placed in the new section, which allows anyone to send a question according to the law, writes RBC. The Ministry of Communications on the site will also add requirements for companies that process personal information of Russians.

    Some clarifications are available now, they were received in a separate document by some media. So, if a company stores personal data of citizens of the Russian Federation in a Russian database, then a copy of this database can be used abroad, they write"Vedomosti". If the organization complies with the rules for working with personal data collected in the primary database, this information can be transferred abroad in the form of a secondary database, for use as a backup.

    The lawyer of the Russian Association of Electronic Communications (RAEC) Maxim Buyanov is also trying to clarify the situation. According to him, amendments to the law do not oblige companies to transfer and process personal data of Russians only in the territory of the Russian Federation. In fact, cross-border transfer of databases is not prohibited. But to use this opportunity, you need to make sure that in the state where the database is transferred, personal data is securely protected, and the country itself has signed the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Personal Data (it was not signed, for example, by the USA and China). Various operations with a foreign database can be carried out only after conducting similar operations with the Russian database.

    The full transfer of personal data of Russian citizens into the country is technically impossible because of the global nature of the services. According to Internet Ombudsman Dmitry Marinichev, the complete localization of data can be compared with a ban on doing business in the Russian Federation.

    Another expert, marketing director of the Solar Security information systems manufacturer, Valentin Krokhin, believes that the scheme using two databases of Russian users, inside the Russian Federation and abroad, allows maintaining the mechanisms of work of companies with the Russian representative office.

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