On July 21, President Vladimir Putin signed into law Bill No. 553424-6, which bans the storage and processing of personal information about Russian citizens on servers located outside the country. The law is slated to take effect on September 1, 2016 and would allow Russia to block websites that do not comply. According to the BBC, while the Kremlin states that the purpose of the law is to protect its citizens, critics fear that the Russian government seeks easier access to the data.