As GDPR rules have come into force in the EU and also affect business outside its borders, Belarus has found itself in need of updating its own data protection legislation to match the business environment. Currently the main laws governing data protection in Belarus are 10 years old, the "Information Protection Law" No. 455Z and the "Law on Population Register" No. 418Z both date back to 2008.

In September 2017 the European Council arranged a seminar called "Improvement of legal regulation on data Protection of Belarus" in Minsk. Belarusian lawmakers also took part and worked together with experts from the EU. As the outcome it was decided that it's necessary to update the data protection legislation in Belarus. 

It is expected that a draft law will accordingly be presented during 2018.