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In the sphere of internet regulation, the current Ukrainian government has been more active in the past months than all former Ukrainian governments together in the past 20 years. At the beginning of May, the law establishing the first ever Ukrainian secondary liability regime for third-party copyright infringement came into force. Later that same month, the President of Ukraine approved a decree ordering ISPs to block access to a number of popular Russian online services…

On May 16, 2017, the Ukrainian President signed Presidential Decree No. 133/2017 which introduces sanctions against 1228 individuals and 468 legal entities.The Decree has received unprecedented public attention because it establishes restrictive measures (sanctions) against Russian IT companies and their Ukrainian subsidiaries. Such companies/subsidiaries are popular among Ukrainians and provide services such as social networks, a search engine, a navigation service, accounting software, antivirus solutions, and more.The sanctions are based on Article 4 of the…

Companies that enable the use of instant messaging, social networks, operators of multiplayer games and various websites enabling user-generated content or messages and other companies supporting online communications may be required from July 20, 2016 to:retain and store data on users, user activity and user communications on Russian territory for one year (previously six months);retain and store the contents of user communications (including text, audio and video communications) on Russian territory for up to six…

Fact is that some tax, bookkeeping and corporate laws in some jurisdictions historically required certain records to stay in-country. But such requirements apply only to certain kinds of records and they generally do not prohibit the transfer of data into the cloud so long as originals or back-up copies are also kept local. If, and to the extent, such laws apply, copies of records may still be uploaded into the global cloud solution, whether self-hosted…

It might be too early to call them a “trend” but local data residency laws are certainly on the rise. Russia’s new local data residency law, which came into force on 1 September, is the most prominent example, but other countries have considered enacting data residency laws. In this post, we equip you with the basics you need to know about data residency laws.1. OriginsRecent developments regarding data residency laws can be attributed to Edward…