The state Duma has left in “anti-terrorist” bill Spring the requirement is to decipher the correspondence for special services
The state Duma is preserved in the “anti-terrorist” bill Deputy Irina Yarovaya amendments, which require operators and Internet companies to store data of its subscribers within six months and to decrypt information upon request of authorities. It follows from the text of the bill for the third reading, which the state Duma plans to consider on June 24.
In the “Spring package” contains a number of proposals for countering extremism and terrorism online. In particular, it is proposed to strengthen the responsibility for his propaganda to justify terrorist acts or the appeal they intend to punish by imprisonment for the term up to 7 years.
But the most controversial of the amendments directly affect the Russian Internet companies. The text of the bill they are called “organizers of information distribution in the network, so under the effects of Spring package” potentially fall news portals, email services, social networks, instant messengers, forums and even online shops. All of them will be obliged to retain information about the transmission and processing of text messages, images, sound files and videos users. Intelligence agencies will be able to access this data if required for investigation or national security.
The item obliges operators to store all records and correspondence users are preserved from the first version of the bill, which the state Duma adopted on 13 may. Initially they were to store this data for 3 years, but in the new version, the term was reduced to six months. At the same time, operators will have a period of three years to store information about the fact of receiving or transmitting data.
The point about the transcript of the correspondence has been made to the text of the bill a second reading, which is June 21, disappeared from the website of the state Duma. He obliges social networks, instant messengers, mail services and operators to provide the keys to decrypt the data at the request of the authorities. In case of refusal, the companies face a fine from 800 thousand to 1 million rubles.
Mobile operators warned that the adoption of these amendments will lead to a cost in the trillions of rubles and will make the Telecom company’s unprofitable for several years, which in turn, will affect the Russian budget.
The bill also criticized the Russian Association for electronic communications (RAEC), which includes Rambler&Co, “Rostelecom”, Mail.Ru Group and other companies. In RAEC warned that the creation of access keys encryption and other requirements of the bill lead to the creation of threats to the security and privacy of citizens, creates a threat to business and national security.”
Sounding the alarm and Internet companies. In Mail.Ru Group felt that the equipment they have to spend up to $ 2 billion, the annual cost to support it will be another 80-100 million dollars. Revenue Mail.Ru 2015 — 592 million dollars.
Internet Ombudsman Dmitry Marinichev directly stated that on Friday the state Duma will consider “the death sentence of a Russian Telecom.
At the same time, a new version of the text of the bill was deprived of the norms of deprivation of Russian citizenship for terrorist and extremist crimes, as well as for service in the army or law enforcement agencies of other countries.
The evening of 23 June, the Association appealed to the presidential administration of Russia, Ministry of communications, the state Duma and the Federation Council with a request to rewrite the bill.