"Loose definitions used in the law made it unclear what exactly the companies should do to comply with it," said Karen Kazaryan, chief analyst at the Russian Association of Electronic Communications.
There are many non-IT companies that have websites and supply Internet services to people living in Russia and, therefore, the law applies to them, but most of them do not understand the difficulties of Internet regulations in Russia, said Kazaryan of the Russian Association of Electronic Communications.
"It is unlikely they comply with the law at the moment, and it's unlikely they ever will," he
told The Moscow Times
in a phone interview Tuesday.
In addition to that, there are certain industries that can't comply with this law because they comply with contradicting laws, said Kazaryan
"Global booking systems, for example, though luckily they've been excluded from the law for now.
But airlines, for example, don't comply with similar European regulations, because they can't decide what takes priority - protecting personal data or revealing it to law enforcement agencies," he
"And there are plenty of these cases when it's unclear what legislation should take precedent," Kazaryan
In general lack of clarity about what exactly should be done to comply with the law - what constitutes personal data and what data should be transferred to Russian servers - causes contradictions, the analyst said.
"Companies and Roskomnadzor might have different understandings of what it means to comply with the law, and inspections will reveal different violations all the time," Kazaryan
said that at least this year officials will show mercy.
"The regulator [Roskomnadzor] realizes that there pitfalls in this law.
I think at the beginning these inspections will be just a formality," Kazaryan