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Organizations need to prepare for new Russian personal data law

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Staff writer ▼ | August 19, 2015
Gartner, said that organizations need to prepare contingency plans for business processes and IT systems to store some or all data in Russia.
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In just over two weeks, Russia will implement a new personal data law requiring that the personal data of Russian citizens be stored in Russia from September 1 2015.

"By the same date, all companies processing personal data of Russian citizens in databases located outside Russia need to make their systems compliant with the new requirements," said Carsten Casper, managing vice president at Gartner.

This new law will have a major effect on Internet organizations, as well as online stores, online resources used for booking airline tickets and hotels, insurance companies and other organizations, as they will have to change the way they store information on Russian citizens.

A Gartner survey conducted in April 2015 across seven countries (U.S., U.K., Canada, Brazil, India, Australia and Germany), which surveyed 357 large organizations (at least $50 million in revenue, a minimum of 100 employees), found that 37 percent of respondents would like to obtain certification to comply with the new requirements – although such certification does not exist today.

A third of surveyed organizations will appoint a local IT provider to manage data storage and processing, while 28 percent will simply look to place a copy of the relevant data onto a local server in Russia.

While those three options will incur additional costs for organizations, they may be the most effective way to comply at such short notice.

Others are planning to withdraw business from Russia (19 percent) or expect to ignore the law until they are investigated by the local authorities (18 percent).