Communications Minister Nikiforov criticized the “Spring law” about the storage and interpretation of the correspondence of the users

The head of the Ministry Nikolai Nikiforov will invite the government and the next convocation of the state Duma of amendments to the “anti-terrorism” package of bills Deputy Irina Yarovaya and Senator Viktor Ozerov. According to officials, the current version of realize it will be difficult. In particular, Nikiforov pointed out the need to amend the certification of communications, encryption keys and data storage.


Communications Minister Nikiforov criticized the "Spring law" about the storage and interpretation of the correspondence of the users

“Unfortunately, the chronology on which the law was adopted in the version of the second reading, did not allow the Committee to consider or hear the position of the Ministry. We believe that there are serious issues with the concrete enforcement of the law. Sure that requires a number of detailed amendments to the articles which relate to technological areas”, – quotes “Interfax” words of Nikolay Nikiforov.

In his opinion, the law will require amendments in terms of certification of communication, encryption keys and data storage.


“The bill contains a number of articles which, in our opinion, difficult to implement from a technological point of view… In particular, the correction of all decoding – its enforcement is difficult,” – said Nikiforov.

The amendments adopted in the final version, and require to store the contents of text messages, voice information, image, sound, and video to up to six months. The exact timing and order of storage will be determined by the government. In addition, operators will be required within three years to keep so-called metadata — the facts of reception, transmission, delivery of messages and calls. For Internet companies, this period reduced to one year. The contents of the conversations of social networks and instant messengers are required to provide law enforcement agencies “to carry out these tasks bodies in the cases established by Federal laws.”

Communications Minister Nikiforov criticized the "Spring law" about the storage and interpretation of the correspondence of the users


Amendment of metadata come into force from 20 July this year, about the content of phone calls and correspondence — from July 1, 2018.

Previously, the largest mobile operators – MTS, “MegaFon” and “Beeline” – estimated costs for implementation of all newly adopted rules and came to the conclusion that the requirements of the bill will deprive them of the net profit and will leave the Russian budget without tax deductions.

In particular, according to the calculations of MTS, one-time costs of arranging the storage of voice information and traffic of personal data within six months will amount to 2.2 trillion rubles.

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