In 2014 the Russian state Duma adopted amendments to the law, according to which personal data of Russian citizens must be processed and stored in Russia. The news quickly became a springboard for discussions of sanctions against corporations that do not carry user data in Russia, the fact that Apple keeps everything in data centers outside Russia. One of the measures of the influence of the initiators of the bill called the restriction of access to the services of the company — for Apple it would mean a ban of the App Store, iCloud and other services on the territory of the Russian Federation.
As we know, in fact, these sanctions were not launched. A year later, Roskomnadzor said that Google and Apple are working on the transfer of personal data of their Russian users on servers in Russia. If Apple moved the relevant information to find out is impossible: there were rumors that the company is not allowed to execute amendments to the law on personal data. But when viewed as a theory, is it possible to lock, for example, an entire app store in Russia?
The possibilities of Roskomnadzor is no doubt — two years ago, the Agency learned how to restrict access to mobile apps and even managed to test this possibility. However, the appropriate tool is in the Arsenal of the Apple: for example, the Corporation recently blocked App Store to the residents of Iran.
According to the publication 9to5Mac, Apple could block access to the App Store to the residents of Iran’s IP addresses because when using VPN services an online store accessible without any problems. The company earlier paid special attention to this country due to sanctions from the United States last year from the App Store disappeared all applications from Iranian developers.
The point is not even that Apple has restricted access to their services in Iran; in certain circumstances, it may block the App Store on the territory of any country, including at the request of local law, as could happen in 2014 in Russia.