Roskomnadzor activates the test companies on the subject of localization data

Moscow. November 10. Roskomnadzor in 2016 will intensify checks of Internet companies for compliance with the law on storing personal data of Russian citizens on the territory of the Russian Federation. Checks will be subjected to social networks, financial institutions, Internet shops and other service companies that use cross-border data transfer, stated to journalists by the head of Roskomnadzor Alexander Zharov.

He also said that his Department still has not received a response from Fasebook and Twitter to an official inquiry about whether they comply with the requirements of the law on the localization of personal data.

Previously Zharov said that Roskomnadzor comes from the fact that Twitter does not process personal data. Now the position of the Agency is different, because of Twitter a few months ago has changed the user agreement and now requires a set of metadata that Roskomnadzor interpreted as personal.

Zharov did not specify whether or not Fasebook and Twitter to check the list of companies by 2016, stating that the list is now being prepared and will be published in December. “We will wait patiently (answer Fasebook and Twitter). Both the social network informed that Roskomnadzor believes that they process data of Russians. This follows from the fact of their user agreements. Sooner or later they will be tested”, he said

This year, Roskomnadzor checks for compliance with the law more than 300 companies (among them major global players). Now the Agency checks the “Military-insurance company” and “Skartel” (“daughter of” MegaFon), these checks will be completed on 12 November. In 2016 “inspections will be more than 300,” said Zharov, noting that Roskomnadzor will focus on companies that are Internet-related industries. “We take the most sensitive sector of the economy, where exactly is the cross-border transfer of personal data is a financial company, players providing services and renting abroad, the social network,” – said the head of Roskomnadzor.

The office also will be included in the list of audits those companies against whom complaints have been made users unaware that their personal data “inadequately protected and are illegal”.

The law on the legalization of personal data of Russians on servers inside the Russian Federation entered into force on 1 September 2015. It provides for penalties for failure to comply with this requirement and gives Roskomnadzor the authority to block access to services-offenders. A number of major international Internet players, such as Fasebook, Twitter, Apple and Google publicly stated that they intend to comply with the requirements of the law.