Russia reportedly hits brakes on plan to bring forward local data storage mandate

Remember that crazy Russian law forcing any web service that handles Russians’ personal data to store it in Russian data centers? The one that’s annoyed the U.S. and may lead to Twitter, Facebook and Google being blocked in Russia? So that’s still happening, but an even crazier law, which would have brought forward the implementation date for this local storage mandate from 2016 to a few months from now, may have been derailed. According to an RBC TV report on Thursday, this bill has been postponed and may be entirely shelved – apparently the Russian aviation sector in particular freaked out at the impossible deadline for shifting its reservation systems, complaining that suitable infrastructure just doesn’t exist in Russia yet.