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Roskomnadzor: the messengers to forbid it is impossible, but their work needs to be adjusted

The head of Roskomnadzor said that to prohibit the work of messengers in Russia it is impossible, however, it is necessary to regulate their activities. Alexander Zharov said in an interview to “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”.

“I believe that to ban anything. What is the messengers? OTT services, that is, they are “on top” of the infrastructure operators, оverthetop, providing similar services – data sharing, voice calls, etc. In fact, they are analogous to mobile operators, but … work on the new technology of information dissemination. To ban them is like a boiling pot on the rivet trying to deliver. Water will still break out,” he said.

According to him, the messengers are analogues of the operators, so they should also be legislated rules, similar to the regulation of operators.

“For example, uncontrolled proliferation of media we have, as you know, for Telecom operators is prohibited, including mass SMS-mailing. This protects citizens from obtrusive advertising, a variety of mobile spam and prevents sending false and critical from the point of view of public security information”, – said Zharov.

According to him, now the work of the messengers is not regulated, however, they provide virtually the same services as the providers of cellular services, whose activity is regulated. In this case, the messengers are “on top” of the infrastructure operators not investing in its development.

“Operators are asking the state a question: if we license, if we introduced quite strict regulation, why for these services, which are our counterparts that run on top of our infrastructure, not investing in its development, there are certain preferences?”, said Ampelonskiy.

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However, he stressed that the blocking of instant messengers. “It is in any case not mean that they should be blocked, and in any case we are not talking about what special services or other state authorities must obtain access to private correspondence of our citizens”, – said the press Secretary of the Ministry.

In addition, the Minister noted the danger of using the messengers as, “by signing a contract with the user, they receive the personal data of the users whose safety cannot be guaranteed”.

In December Zharov announced plans to develop proposals for regulation of messengers in Russia. According to him, the proposals will apply to the execution of the messengers of the same requirements that apply to mobile operators. This position was supported by the Ministry of communications.

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