Putin’s two IT orders have deadlines

Vladimir Putin’s directives on Russian citizens’ personal data and “Accessible Internet,” which he received in the form of messages to the Federal Assembly in 2019 and 2020, have yet to be implemented. The Accessible Internet project has now been declared unconstitutional, despite the fact that it has been running since April 2020. Both bills are expected to be passed by the State Duma by July 18, 2021, but they must still be approved by the Federation Council and the Russian President.

Orders that were not met
Three directives from Russian President Vladimir Putin, two of which are specifically linked to information technology, were not completed on time by Russian authorities (IT). These instructions were issued in 2019 and 2020 as part of the President of Russia’s messages to the Federal Assembly, according to Alexander Zhukov, the first deputy chairman of the State Duma.

“The blueprint for implementing the President of Russia’s message has been completed in 35 points. “Three more bills were passed in first reading,” says Alexander Zhukov, as quoted on the State Duma website. The draft law “On the security and promotion of investment and the advancement of investment activities in the Russian Federation,” which has little to do with the country’s digitalization, is the first member of this troika.

The remaining two orders from Vladimir Putin are to amend the “On Personal Data” law and to amend the “On Communications” law to allow free access to socially significant websites.

Amendments to the Personal Data Protection Act’s fate
The first of Zhukov’s bills is a paper titled “On Amendments to the Federal Law on Personal Data” (in terms of clarifying the procedure for processing personal data) On July 21, 2020, it was sent to the State Duma for review, but it took a long time to get to the first reading, which happened just six months later, on February 16, 2021.

The main goal of this document is to implement, on a legal level, the option of giving consent to the processing of personal data for multiple purposes at once and by multiple people on behalf of the data controller, even for purposes other than those for which the data was collected originally. In addition, the amendments would require data controllers to use information security software approved by the Federal Security Service (FSB) or the Federal Service for Technical and Export Control (FSTEC) (FSTEC).

Furthermore, if the amendments are approved, Roskomnadzor would have the authority to define standards for the depersonalization of personal data as well as methods for doing so.

The proposed reforms, according to the draft law’s authors, would help to minimize the turnover of processed personal data while also improving their protection. “The proposed reform would minimize the number of consents issued by the subject of personal data in writing, which is an extremely urgent public need for creating a digital environment of confidence, including for the introduction of new creative services and services, remote contact with clients, staff, receiving government services, and so on,” reads the document’s explanatory note.

The bill had not progressed past the first reading in the State Duma at the time of publication. It has yet to be determined when it will be considered in the second reading. According to Ministry of Digital Science representatives, the department developed amendments to the bill’s second reading that mandated obtaining citizens’ consent to depersonalize their personal data in all cases, except for depersonalization for statistical and other research purposes, as already provided for in paragraph 9 of Part 1 of Art…. 6 of the law on pervasive computing.

Outlawed are socially important tools.

Even more slowly is the introduction of Vladimir Putin’s order for free access to socially relevant services. The Russian President first proposed the “Accessible Internet” initiative in January 2020, but it took nearly a year for the authorities to draft a bill outlining all of the project’s specifications.

The paper “On Amendments to Article 54 of the Federal Law on Communications” (in terms of clarifying the payment process for communications services) On December 29, 2020, the Russian government sent a bill to the State Duma, which only passed the first reading on March 23, 2021. The date for the second reading has yet to be determined. The writers would have to make changes to the document before he arrives, clarifying the requirements for including websites in the list of socially relevant tools.

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