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The Ministry of communications has doubled the storage life of the information about the correspondence of users according to “the law Spring”

Internet companies will be obliged to store information about messaging the Russians a year instead of six months. The following amendments to the “law of Spring” was prepared by the Ministry.

The Department has prepared amendments to the government decree, which determines the storage period of logs on the Internet. From 1 July 2018, the organizers of information dissemination in networks (including social networks, email services and instant messengers) have during the year to keep information about who, where and when communicated with their users.

Now this information should only be kept for six months. We are talking about “metadata” — facts to exchange text, video, sounds and images, the log-ins and location sharing. The content of the correspondence, too, will keep — but only six months.

It is noteworthy that Telecom operators “the law of Spring” obliges with the same July 2018 to store user logs for three years.

In a press-service “the Megaphone” have informed that the proposals of the Ministry of communications was not consistent with market participants. The representatives of the other operators of the “big four” did not comment on his “inequality” with Internet services.

Internet Ombudsman Dmitry Marinichev recalls that the volumes of logs are small in comparison with message content.

“The logs don’t need the space. Recording takes kilobytes, he said. But from the point of view of operational-search activities it is a useful thing. Allows you to understand who was where and at what time, carry out investigations and analytical work. Phone joined the network, and the operator will store information about this. You can see how the base stations are connected to the desired number. Such statistics is useful”.

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But the six-month storage of the messages themselves, according to the calculations of “MegaFon” will require only from this company 2018 order of 2.6 exabytes (i.e. almost 3 billion gigabytes), with 2019 and 6.6 exabytes. For performance of these requirements the operator will have to spend an amount several times higher than its annual revenue.

Data about the conversations users will have available to law enforcement agencies for investigative activities.

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