Vladimir Putin Signs Law Forcing Companies To Store Data Locally

report notes, there is more to the decision than just keeping data of Russian citizens safe inside the country, free from the eyes of foreign intelligence services like the NSA. The Russian government has essentially given itself the right to extract and view whatever data it wants from these companies. This new law is actually part of the larger effort in Russia to control the Internet through various measures. Companies now have a two year deadline to comply with these new regulations, or risk being blocked in the country entirely. While smaller firms will likely find local datacenters to store the data, large establishments like Microsoft, Google and Facebook will probably have to build datacenters. Then again, the way things have been going, a move like this was always on the cards.]]>

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