"As is the tradition in Belarus, the closing of a year is also a debriefing of large M&A transactions and real estate transactions,” says Maxim Lashkevich, Partner at Grata International in Belarus.
IT-business in Belarus
IT in Belarus it is a great number of such worldwide projects as: Viber, which is one of the top five most downloaded messaging apps, Juno, MSQRD applications, Maps.me offline maps, one of the most popular online games called “World of Tanks” and many more.
Administrative liability for fake news in Russia
A draft Federal Law supplementing the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation with three new offenses in connection with dissemination in the media and the information networks, including the Internet, of false socially significant information under the guise of reliable messages (the so-called "fake news"), and measures of liability for their commission depending on severity of consequences was adopted by the State Duma in its final reading.
Google LLC is fined for non-compliance with Russian law
On 26 November 2018, the Office of the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) in the Central Federal District initiated an administrative case against Google, LLC due to the company's failure to fulfill its obligations to connect to the federal state information system containing a list of information resources, information and telecommunication networks, access to which is restricted in Russia (FGIS ).
Innovation scientific and technological centres in Russia, tax and other incentives for their participants
Since August 10, 2017, the Federal Law of July 29, 2017 No. 216-FZ has been in effect in Russia, providing for the legal basis for establishment and operation of innovation scientific and technological centres in order to implement the priorities of the scientific and technological development of the Russian Federation, increase the investment attractiveness of research and development, the commercialisation of their results, incentives for persons involved in the implementation of such projects, the features of their activities, including urban planning, educational and medical activities (the "Law No. 216-FZ").
Administrative and criminal liability for a failure to remove information damaging business reputation in the Internet
Since April 23, 2018, the provisions of the Federal Law No. 229-ФЗ "On Enforcement Proceedings" dated October 2, 2007, regulate the procedure for enforcement of the requirement contained in the executive document to remove information distributed on the Internet that defames the honor, dignity or damages business reputation of a citizen or damages business reputation of a legal entity.
Kazakhstan: Introduction of user identification requirements aimed at regulating mass media
The President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, signed, on 28 December 2017, the Law No. 128-VI on Amendments and Additions to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Issues of Information and Communication (‘the Law’). Marina Kahiani and Lola Abdukhalykova, Partner and Associate at GRATA International, provide an analysis of the obligations under the Law, including user identification, data retention and data localisation provisions, applicable for telecommunications operators and website operators.
Kazakhstan: New user identification requirements "further regulate social relations"
The President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, signed, on 28 December 2017, the Law of 28 December 2017 No. 128-VI on Amendments and Additions to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Issues of Information and Communication ('the Law'), with most of the provisions entering into force on 9 January 2018. The Law imposes additional duties of website operators and telecommunications operators, including the obligation to collect and store users' data.
Foreign media as foreign agents in Russia
The Federation Council approved on 22 November 2017 the draft Federal Law amending the Federal Law "On Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection" and the Law of the Russian Federation "On Mass Media" for the purposes of the regulation of foreign media in Russia.
Blocking of Internet sites and regulation of messengers in Russia: legal developments
Amendments to the Federal Law No. 149-FZ of 27 July 2006 "On Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection", which came into force on 1 October 2017, provide, inter alia, for the administrative procedure for restricting access to copies of Internet sites blocked by a decision of the Moscow City Court in connection with the repeated and illegal placement of information containing copyright and (or) related rights, or information necessary to get access thereto (so-called mirror sites).
Legislative Developments In Regulation Of Online Media In Russia
The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) held a seminar on the organisation of activities of web publications with the participation of the Roskomnadzor legal experts and the representative of the RU/RF Domain Coordination Centre.
Revolution in personal data protection introduced by EU
In May 2016, General Data Protection Regulation was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Everybody who has an establishment within the EU and process personal data in the context of the activities of such establishment will have to get ready for the new Regulation.