The state Duma has obliged officials to report accounts in social networks

The state Duma adopted in the second and third readings the law obliging civil servants to report to the employer on the Internet, their personal data and other information, reports TASS.

The document implies that civil servants and applicants for such position will be required to inform the employer ‘ sites and pages on the Internet, on which they posted publicly available information and data allowing to identify them. In particular, they will be required to provide information in social networks, Internet chat rooms or forums.

It is noted that one who is already in the service of the state would be obliged to provide information for the last year, and a candidate for civil servants for three years. The employer in turn will have the right to verify this information.

According to the authors of the law, the receipt of this information the employer will allow him to make the final decision on hiring, but also minimizes the risks of corruption and ensure compliance with rules of professional ethics.

The bill was submitted to the Duma in mid-June, deputies Andrei Lugovoi (LDPR) and Vladimir Burmatova (“United Russia”).

In may 2016, “Kommersant” with reference to the report of the Ministry of economic development reported that the military and civil servants may prohibit the use of mobile applications WhatsApp, Viber and Telegram for official purposes.