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Personal Data Security: A Balance between Freedom and Security

November 11, 2015

The VI Personal Data Security International Conference was held in Moscow on 10 November 2015. The main confidential information security event of the year was attended by more than 250 participants.

Mr. Alexander Zharov, Head of Roscomnadzor (RCN), said in his opening remarks that the purpose of the regulation of the digital environment was to protect people’s inalienable right to personal and family privacy. “It is the duty of the State to guarantee protection of citizens’ rights against violation”, Mr. Zharov pointed out.

Mr. Leonid Levin, Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Information Policies, Information Technology, and Communications, emphasized the importance of dialogue between the regulatory authority and business operators in ensuring security of citizens’ confidential data. It is cooperation among all the stakeholders that will lead society to enhanced security of information, he said.

Mr. Yuri Kontemirov, Chief of RCN’s Department for Protection of Personal Data Owners’ Rights, reported personal data security violations statistics. 613 orders to eliminate such violations were issued in the past 11 months, he said. However, the regulatory authority’s objective is to help companies build adequate data processing systems, rather than to expose them to monetary penalties, he pointed out.

The hottest topic at the conference was Federal Law No. 242, which became effective on 1 September 2015 (it stipulates that Russian citizens’ personal data must be kept in Russian territory). Clarifications of the new law’s principal provisions were provided by Ms. Antonina Priezzheva, Deputy Head of Roscomnadzor.

Speakers at the conference noted the positive impact that the new law had had on the domestic data processing centre market.

Mr. Guy Willner, CEO of IXcellerate, called on international companies to comply with the new law. Moving data into Russian territory is not cumbersome for operators if the right plan of action is developed, the expert said. And consulting with RCN is of key importance.

Another major topic at the Conference was international-level cooperation in personal data security. Ms. Maria Michailidou, a representative of the Council of Europe, called for development of universal rules and promotion of cooperation among states in order to modernize the Council of Europe’s Convention 108.

Examples of transnational cooperation were provided by Ms. Hannah McCausland, Senior International Policy Advisor, Information Commissioner's Office, UK.

The Personal Data Security Conference also addressed the younger Web users. Professor Galina Soldatova, with the Chair of Personality Phychology of the Psychology Department of the Lomonosov State University, said that children and teenagers did not appreciate the responsibility involved in personal data publication on the Web. Assistance with this should come from competent instructors and public projects.

Information about initiatives in providing a safe Web environment for children was delivered by Mr. Denis Zhilin, Marketing Director of the Smart Internet Foundation. He spoke about the domain “.ДЕТИ”, now a secure online portal. The domain hosts Roscomnadzor’s infotainment website for children and teenagers (http://персональныеданные.дети/), with content intended to raise children’s awareness of responsibility in publishing personal data.

The VI Personal Data Security International Conference was organized by the Radio Frequency Spectrum Autonomous Not-for-Profit Organization, with support from Roscomnadzor.

The Conference’s official partners: IXcellerate and Orange Business Services.

The entire conference was webcast at: The webcast record will be available there for the next 30 days.

Presentations and contributions will be published at the Conference’s website at: — on 16 November 2015.


Time of the publication: 23.11.2015 14:24
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