Russia: President signs law on electronic signatures
The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, signed, on 28 December 2019, Federal Law of 27 December 2019 No. 476-FZ on Amendments to the Federal Law on Electronic Signatures and Article 1 of the Federal Law on the Protection of the Rights of Legal Entities and Individual Entrepreneurs in the Implementation of State Control (Supervision) and Municipal Control ('the Law') which substantially changes the rules of electronic signature use. In particular, the Law states that the Federal Tax Service of Russia, the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, and the Federal Treasury will be able to issue qualified electronic signature certificates. In addition, the Law clarifies the procedures for establishing and verifying the authority of a person using an electronic signature in various information systems, as well as confirming their identity using an electronic service that provides electronic interaction.
Moreover, the Law empowers certification authorities to store an electronic signature key that would be verified by a key within a qualified certificate, ensuring that it is protected against unauthorised use. Furthermore, the President noted that this would allow the use of cloud-based electronic signature technology in the future.