The Russian Association for electronic communications (RAEC), which unites more than 200 Internet companies, on June 22 sent letters to the presidential administration of Russia, Ministry of communications, the state Duma and the Federation Council with a request to prevent the adoption of anti-terrorism package of bills Deputy Irina Yarovaya and Senator Viktor Ozerov toughen antiterrorist legislation. The package of amendments amending dozens of laws must be adopted by the state Duma in the second and third reading on Friday 24 June.
The recipients of letters RAEC became assistant to the President Igor Schegolev, the head of the Ministry Nikolai Nikiforov, the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko and the head of the Duma Committee on information policy, information technologies and communications Leonid Levin, told RBC representative of the Association. Signed an appeal the Director of RAEC Sergei plugotarenko and Chairman of the Advisory Council of the organization for working with the authorities Matvey Alekseev.
In his letters (copy of one of them is at the disposal of RBC), the Association once again brought the position of the IT industry on the amendments and suggested to involve industry representatives to finalize the bill. This will allow you to find the most appropriate and effective way to solve problems,” reads the appeals RAEC.
Amendments Spring and Ozerov directly affect the business of the Internet companies and Telecom operators, and also limit users ‘ freedom. So, “organizers of information distribution on the Internet will have to provide FSB the information needed to decode messages. The keys to decrypt user correspondence, the secret service will be able to get from social networks, forums, instant messengers and blogs. Waiver of this requirement threatens the services fined up to 1 million rubles.
Changing encryption algorithms or create special access keys creates a cybersecurity threats to business, citizens and national security in General, as it makes the affected encryption system to foreign intelligence services and hackers, the report said raek. The Association also noted that the Russian companies will be put at a disadvantage compared to foreign competitors, as the amendments may violate other laws and international obligations of Russia.
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