Apple to store client data in Russia to comply with new law

By bne IntelliNews September 11, 2015

US tech giant Apple has agreed to store personal data of its Russian users at a data centre inside Russia to comply with a new law, the Kommersant business daily reported on September 10, citing unnamed sources.

Apple will cooperate with Moscow-based data centre operator IXcellerate, which already teamed up with US online hotel booking service Booking.com.

Most major tech companies, including Google, eBay, Paypal, Aliexpress, Samsung and Lenovo have already transferred their data to Russian data centres.

Under the new regulation signed by President Vladimir Putin in December 2014, all Internet services using the personal details of Russian clients must transfer such data to the servers inside the country by September 1, 2015. If a company refuses, Russian communication watchdog Roskomnadzor can restrict access to their websites.

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