The risks of Russia’s data localisation laws

by Dr. Tim Stevens

Analysis of Russia’s new data sovereignty law reveals concerns over the country’s long term economic and political stability.


New Russian legislation requires foreign organisations to conduct all primary processing of customer and client data within Russia’s territorial borders. Data may be transferred abroad under certain conditions, but many firms see this new legal and regulatory instrument as inimical to their commercial interests and are considering their options for continued operation in Russian markets. Russia is not alone in its new commitment to “data localisation”, but it is unclear how this new directive serves its economic and political objectives.

Sovereign Data explores Russian data localisation policy and its implications for Russian economic growth and political stability

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Citation: “The risks of Russia’s data localisation laws,” Sovereign Data Vol 1. No. 4 (October 2015).