September 21, 2020

Law on blocking email and instant messengers in Russia

Law on blocking email and instant messengers in Russia

The Federation Council revealed the goals of creating a bill that provides for a complete blockage email users and instant messengers, and also clarified some details.

Federation Council against “telephone terrorists” (!)

In an interview with TASS, one of the authorsthe bill Lyudmila Bokova, who also authored the sovereign Internet, spoke about the goals of adopting a new initiative. Thus, the state wants to fight the so-called "telephone terrorists." These are people who spread false messages about mining of various objects, more often than not via email.

However, the real motives for creating suchlaws can be much closer to Russian realities, because you can get a lock for the distribution of all information prohibited by law. Given that the vagueness of our laws allows us to interpret almost any phrase as forbidden, the authorities will be able to easily block any objectionable people.

Bokova also said that the lock is notwill be eternal - the law provides for the possibility of restoring mail and accounts in instant messengers. Strange indulgence, given the potential harm from the actions of such "telephone terrorists": according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, which led Bokov, one message about mining a shopping center costs taxpayers 2 million. In total, the number of such messages exceeds 2 thousand, and the damage throughout the country is estimated at half a billion rubles.

Indeed, fight the "telephoneby terrorists ”is necessary, but our authorities are playing their next performance: under the auspices of the fight against terrorism and the protection of citizens, another tool is being promoted to“ shut up ”people they do not like. How this will work in practice is not clear, because in the case of mail, you can simply create a new account in a few seconds. With messengers it will be much more difficult, because they are attached to the phone number. Perhaps in Russia they will nevertheless introduce the registration of Email according to the passport, as previously planned.

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