Newsletter: The Latest Russian Legislative Intiatives in the TMT Sector 

January, 2021 - Maria Ostashenko

In recent years, Russia has focused on regulating its IT area. In particular, this has been needed due to the increasing number of cases, when prohibited information has been distributed on various large Internet resources, such as a social network. However, according to Russian government agencies, despite the risks of possible sanctions, many foreign companies still do not respond quickly enough to government requests, or ignore the demands to remove prohibited information. In this regard, at the end of 2020, a number of bills were adopted to strengthen IT regulation, including new fines and new rules of social networks.

Moreover, new bills continue to improve the system for regulating personal data, on the territory of the Russian Federation.

In addition, the introduction of mandatory pre-installation of applications, developed by local market players, is a significant innovation in Russian antitrust and consumer protection law. Further, it is important for producers and resellers of devices, as well as for developers of software, active in Russia. The mandatory pre-installation rules come into force on April 1st 2021.

ALRUD’s team has prepared a summary of all the most important changes in the form of a newsletter for your convenience. Follow the links below to learn more.

Media and Data Protection Laws in 2021: What's New?

We would like to inform you that several laws, that will have a significant impact on IT and data protection regulation, were adopted at the end of 2020 (“Amendments”). Read More

Mandatory Pre-Installation of Russian Applications

The introduction of mandatory pre-installation of applications developed by Russian market players, caused by a wave of cases of abuse by global companies of their dominant position in digital markets, is a significant innovation in Russian antitrust and consumer protection law. Read More

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