European companies ask Putin to put the law on the storage of personal data into sleep mode

    On September 1, the law on the storage of personal data in Russia enters into force. Today it became known that the Association of European Businesses ( AEB ) still insists on postponing this law. AEB includes about 600 companies from Russia and the European Union. At the St. Petersburg Economic Forum ( PEF ), they sent a proposal to President Vladimir Putin.

    “The proposal was as follows: let the law enter into force this year, but it should remain“ sleeping ”: that is, so that the sanctions provided for by the law begin to be applied after a year, September 1, 2016,” the source told Kommersant.

    Internet Ombudsman Dmitry Marinichev also knows about the proposal. According to him, Vladimir Putin asked his assistant Andrei Belousov to work out this issue.

    “We support this initiative: the transition period would give both business and regulatory authorities better time and with less risk to prepare to fulfill the requirements of the new law,” said Anton Guskov, representative of the Association of Trading Companies and Manufacturers of Household and Computer Equipment. He also noted that a huge number of companies that work not only on the Internet have electronic document management, client bases and, for example, customer loyalty bases.

    Amendments to the laws "On Personal Data" and "On Information" were adopted in July last year. According to the amendments, it is necessary to create a “Register of violators of the rights of personal data subjects”. Measures against violators will take Roskomnadzor.

    According to the original plan, the law was to enter into force on September 1, 2016. But the State Duma postponed the term, first to January 1, 2015, and then to September 1, 2015. This was explained by the difficult international situation and the threat to the security of the data of Russian users.

    In March of this year, airlines expressed concern that they would not have time to transfer the data until September 1. Companies work with foreign reservation systems, which may simply refuse further cooperation. Because of this, traffic collapse can occur. In May, the business ombudsman Boris Titov proposed to postpone the law.

    “This was, for example, with the law“ On Procurement of Goods, Work, Services by Certain Types of Legal Entities ”, which entered into force on January 1, 2013. The article of the Code of Administrative Offenses, providing liability for its violation, was introduced on May 5, 2014 and entered into force only on May 16, 2014, that is, after a year and a half of the law, ”recalls Anastasia Savelyeva, partner of the law firm“ Nektorov, Savelyev & Partners ”

    Some foreign companies have nevertheless expressed their willingness to begin data transfer. Some of them have already begun this process. Megamind wrote that companies such as eBay , AliExpress , Google , Lenovo , Samsung and Booking.com are engaged in the transfer .

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