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Russia introduces new rules on VPNs and anonymisers

Many users and businesses utilise anonymising technologies, such as virtual private networks (‘VPNs’), in order to increase privacy and security on their systems, but in Russia, from 1 November 2017, new rules aimed at establishing greater control over the use of VPNs, other anonymisers and technology that redirects Russian internet traffic through foreign servers will enter into force. These new rules introduced via Federal Law No. 276-FZ (the ‘Amending Law’), which introduces amendments to Federal Law No.149-FZ on Information, Information Technologies and the Protection of Information. Ilya Goryachev, Senior Lawyer at Gorodissky and Partners, assesses the specifics and implications of the Amending Law, and considers what prompted the Russian Government to introduce the amendments that grant new powers to Russia’s IT, mass media and telecommunications regulator Roskomnadzor.

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