Russia debates the personal nature of Big Data

Amendments to Russia’s Law on Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection are currently being discussed and could have major implications for how Big Data is used in the country. The discussion centers around whether Big Data (which does not contain personal data per say but could potentially be further processed to determine individual data points) should be treated as a good or greatly restricted (as personal data is). The end result of this discussion is expected to have serious repercussions for Russia’s economy.

The text of the amendments is clear that Big Data should not be considered the same as personal data; however, there are also discussions around how to regulate the further processing of such data that could identify individuals. For now, it remains uncertain how Big Data will be treated in Russia – as a good, as personal data or as something else entirely.