The state plans to oblige Internet companies to store and transmit information about their users to the authorities for the law enforcement requests.
Intelligence agencies can receive e-mail addresses, user names, contact lists and other users’ data, but the transference of posts, comments, and personal correspondence is not provided in the document.
Russian Communications Ministry and FSB developed a list of amendments to the legislation, according to which Internet companies will have to transmit user data to law enforcement officials after receiving the request.
The document also provides a list of sites that must either wait for receipt of notice from the representatives of law and order, or register in Russian Communications Ministry by itself. Alexei Mitrofanov, the Duma Committee chairman of Information Policy said that all the social networks (Facebook, "VKontakte", "Odnoklassniki", Twitter, etc.), forums and blog hosting will be under the new law. Educational, scientific resources and sites of culture will not be under the new rules.
The document also specifies what information is interesting for law enforcement such as: the user ID (username), all e-mail addresses (both the basic and the one that is used for forwarding), a list of all contacts, contact categories (friends, subscribers), the number and amount received and transmitted user messages, all changes into account and attempts to remove it.
It will be necessary to share with intelligence agencies the data on when and which pages of social networks, online forums, and blog hosting that users visit. Companies will be obliged to provide special services to access data about the paid services that users acquire from Internet companies, including the amount and the name of the payment system. But the companies are not obliged to keep the correspondence, posts, comments and other posts and share their content.
According to the new rules if the company does not want to store user data or has no technical capability for this , it is obliged to provide full access to security officers who are engaged in the operational- search activity. Today, there are no resources in department that allow storing the necessary data volumes.
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