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.