In September 2015 Russia passed a new data localization law (Federal Data Localization Law No. 526-FZ). The new law requires all businesses that collect personal data on Russian citizens to “record, systematize, accumulate, store, update, change, and retrieve that information” on databases within the Russian Federation.
In November 2015, Kazakhstan passed the so-called Informatization Law, effective January 2016. This law is similar to a law recently enacted in Russia, in that both laws require that databases and record systems containing personal data about citizens of that country be maintained within the boundaries of the country.
In addition to the European Court of Justice’s rejection (and invalidation) of the 16 year-old Safe Harbor mechanism between Europe and the United States (which is discussed in more detail below), the European Commission approved a reform of its own data privacy regime (on December 15, 2015). The new regime is an attempt by the Commission to rationalize the regulation of data collection and data privacy throughout the European Union.
European Union Drafting Stringent Data Privacy Regulation
Data privacy has been in the public eye quite a lot recently (Snowden, et al) but in reality it has been on the front burner of various news feeds for quite sometime, particularly in Europe. Read more
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