Putin signed the “Yarovaya’s law”

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Russian President Vladimir Putin signed amendments to the anti-terrorism legislation, proposed by MP Irina Yarovaya and Senator Viktor Ozerov.

“The President has signed a number of documents and amendments to the law on measures against terrorism,” the President’s press-secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

The package of bills prepared by the deputy Irina Yarovaya and Senator Viktor Ozerov was approved by the State Duma on June 23, and by the Federation Council on June 29.

According to the bill, mobile carriers are obliged to store all data transmitted by users for 6 months, as well as store the information on the facts of receiving, transmitting, and delivery of messages and calls for 3 years (for 1 year for internet providers). In addition, it obliges carriers to provide authorities the means to decode encrypted correspondence.

Mobile carriers of “the Big Four” (MTS, VimpelCom, Megaphone, and Tele2) harshly criticized the amendments related to the necessity of data storage. They said that compliance with the “Yarovaya’s law” will lead to a multiple increase in prices for communication services for subscribers. The head of the Ministry of Communications Nikolai Nikiforov also admitted that after approving the law the mobile operators rates may increase by 300%.

In addition, the carriers said that more than 2.2 trillion rubles (approx. $35 billion – RRT) will be required for organizing the content storage. The state budget will spend hundreds of billions of rubles on purchasing the equipment, while “the profit from sales of storage equipment will go to foreign manufacturers.”

Also, the Council under the Russian President on Civil Society and Human Rights (HRC) appealed to Putin with a request not to sign the “anti-terrorism bill.”

In response to criticism, Irina Yarovaya said that “anti-terrorist” amendments will not lead to an increase in tariffs for communication services. She accused the carriers of speculation, and desire to increase rates.

Source: NovayaGazeta.ru

 

Image: telegraph.co.uk