Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Law On Better Personal Data Protection Takes Effect in RF

Posted by Info on 27/07/2011

Amendments to the Law “On Personal Data” published today in the Rossiiskaya Gazeta newspaper on Wednesday severely tighten requirements for operators of databases. “The era of illegal business – trade in databases with passport data of Russians, their phone number, car numbers, as well as family status, property, income and medical history – seemingly is ending in Russia” .
The new law gives citizens the right to demand compensation for moral damage and damages in case of leakage of personal information. According to an experts quoted by the publication, the new law will “directly affects tens of thousands of Russian companies and organisations that record the contact information of people in computer databases” – clinics and medical centres, mobile operators, banks, insurance companies, pension and investment funds, hotels and travel agencies.

The Russian legislation imposes strict limitations on using of the electronic means of communication for direct marketing. Namely, express consent should be obtained from the individual before marketing communications are sent to him by email or SMS. Lack of such prior consent is presumed unless the sender proves the contrary. It is expressly prohibited to send emails or SMS messages using autodial.
Personal data should be accurate and kept up to date where necessary. more HERE

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