Airlines ask government to delay entry into force of personal data law

    Air Transport Review published an open letter from the Association of Air Transport Operators to the Russian business ombudsman Boris Titov asking them to “help amend the law on the storage of personal data”.

    AEVT warns of the threat of suspension of ticket sales and the stopping of passenger traffic in the event that the company cannot fulfill the requirements of the new law on the storage of personal data on time, which will enter into force on September 1, 2015.

    The statement explained that the processing of data for passengers booking flights is done through the global distribution providers Amadeus, Gabriel, Saber and Galileo. Together they make it possible to purchase tickets for flights of Russian airlines in different countries of the world. To fulfill the requirements of the new law, Russian airlines and ticket operators will have to obtain the consent of providers to host servers in Russia.

    Transaero, UTair and S7 supported the appeal of AEVT.

    Statements give quotes from Boris Titov:
    “In its current form, the law on personal data is practically unenforceable, or its implementation in this edition, direct adherence to its letter, will lead to unpredictable consequences <...> We will ask the president and the government to amend the law”

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