Russia to Enact Mass Internet Surveillance Laws, Companies Required to Store and Enable to Review Communications of Their Users
Companies that enable the use of instant messaging, social networks, operators of multiplayer games and various websites enabling user-generated content or messages and other companies supporting online communications may be required from July 20, 2016:
- to retain and store data on users, user activity and user communications on Russian territory for one year (previously six months);
- to retain and store the contents of user communications (including text, audio and video communications) on Russian territory for up to six months (as from July 2018); and
- to enable Russian security agencies to decrypt such correspondence.
Failure to comply with the above requirements may result in administrative fines and access to a non-compliant service being blocked in Russia.