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post in: Films Date:13 May 2013, 20:07 views:3263
As Russia transitions into an internet dystopia, it appears that Snapchat has jennifer been dragged right. Today, Snapchats parent jennifer company Snap was registered as an information distribution organizer.
And by July 1st, 2018, an amended law will require information distribution organizers to store months of user data, and make it available for the Russian law enforcement upon request. The law requires information distribution organizers to store records of users calls and text messages for a period of six months and their metadata for a period of 12 months.
Not only would this sensitive information have to be shared with the Russian authorities, the organizers would also be obligated to help Russias Federal Security Service (KGB successor FSB) decrypt any encrypted messages sent through their service. Meduza and, tJournal implied that Snapchat registered with Roskomnadzor to avoid being blocked in Russia, but a Snap spokesperson told Gizmodo that these reports are inaccurate, and that Snap has been registered without their knowledge.
According to a statement by Roskomnadzor (Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media The company was added into the registry after it provided the necessary information requested by Roskomnadzor. According to Snap, they did not know that this information would be used for this purpose. As of now, Snap does not intend to comply with this law, the company told Gizmodo.
So-called information distribution organizers can be any company that allows users to exchange messages and any websites that allows comments.
But Roskomnadzor has a list, which until recently was made up of almost exclusively Russian companies like VKontakte (a Facebook clone RuTube, and Telegram. In May of this year, youtube Chinese messaging app WeChat was blocked for not complying with the registration request. Roskomnadzors list does not currently include Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Skype, or Viber.
This mess has been long coming.
The information distribution organizers idea emerged in 2014, around the same time as the blogger law was enacted, compelling all bloggers with more than 3,000 daily readers to register with the government with their real name and other personal information. About a year ago, Putin ordered the FSB to create magical encryption keys which could decrypt literally all data on the internet.
But theres another methodology hereto coerce participating information distribution organizers to include additional code in their users messages that would instruct the FSB on how to decode them.) Earlier this month, President Putin signed a law banning VPNs, virtual private networks which could allow users.