The Cabinet proposed to reduce the retention period of records of conversations of Russians

The Russian government has stated the need to reduce the period during which the operators, according to the state Duma anti-terrorism bills, will have to keep all records of conversations, text messages, and images. This was reported in the official opinion of the government on one of the anti-terrorism bills in the database of the state Duma.

Now mobile operators must keep information about subscribers and the services provided to them within three years. However, the document stated that this period should be reduced given the technical capabilities of operators and the needs of law enforcement in the detection, prevention, suppression, detection and investigation of terrorist offences and other orientation”.

In the document, certified by the Deputy Chairman of Russian government Sergei Prikhodko, stated that the government supports the bill, subject to revision for the second reading after the additions of the above comments.

Submitted to the State Duma on 7 April, the package of anti-terrorism laws suggests that mobile operators may be required within three years to keep data on the committed subscribers of the calls and sent the messages, their contents, but also images, sounds, or other communications” user.

Mobile operators have estimated the possible costs in the case of the bill as proposed. The representative of “MegaFon” Julia Dorokhin told RBC that the company will need 1.4 trillion. rubles for compliance with the proposed rules. She explained that the operator will have to store for three years, about 700 billion minutes of voice calls, as well as 50 billion text messages and 6 million terabytes of Internet data traffic.

The representative of MTS Dmitry Solodovnikov said that the whole traffic of the operator during the year exceed 5-6 million terabytes. And, according to estimates, the cost of creating infrastructure for storage in the data centers connection information only for 12 hours is at least 3 billion rubles.

In “VimpelCom” (brand “Beeline”) did not disclose such information, however, representative of the cellular operator Anna imasheva told that the cost of infrastructure, the establishment of which may be necessary to comply with the law, will exceed annual revenues of the operator.