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Russia: New procedures for data transfers enter into effect

The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media ('Roskomnadzor') announced that, on 1 March 2023, the new provisions on the transfer of personal data abroad in line with the Amendment Law provides significant changes to the Federal Law of 27 July 2006 No. 152-FZ on Personal Data entered into force. In particular, the Roskomnadzor highlighted that it will review operators' notifications and, following a review, determine whether to prohibit or restrict the transfer of personal data to other countries. Importantly, the Roskomnadzor highlighted that until ten working days after filing such a notice, it will be prohibited to transfer data to countries that do not provide an adequate level of protection of personal data subjects' rights.

Finally, the Roskomnadzor confirmed that operators who have submitted a notification for a cross-border transfer before 1 March will not have to submit a new notification after that date, as long as there are no changes to their activities that involve the creation of new cross-border data flows (to new countries or for new purposes).

You can read the press release, only available in Russian, here.