On Friday the state Duma has issued a landmark package of laws, which, in particular, obliges mobile instant messengers to store information about the facts of the conversations and correspondence of users and to decrypt data on request of the FSB. The law will directly affect all popular messengers, that encrypt traffic, including WhatsApp, Viber, Telegram and iMessage.
The state Duma adopted in the second and third readings the amendments of the “Spring package”, concerning the data retention of users Internet services and the operators and decrypt messages. The organizers of information dissemination on the Internet will be required to keep information about the facts of reception, transmission, delivery and (or) processing of voice information, written text, images, sounds, video or other electronic communications and store information about those users.
Data about the facts of reception and transmission of messages and content operators are required to keep for 3 years, their very content — up to six months. In this case we are talking about a maximum period of six months, whereas the exact time intervals and the storage of this information will establish the government.
Another resonant article “Spring package”, which was accepted by parliamentarians for decrypting conversations in instant messengers and other Internet services. The company is obliged to provide at the request of government agencies the necessary information to decode the users ‘ messages. The law will directly affect all popular instant messengers that encrypt the traffic, WhatsApp, Viber, Telegram and iMessage.
At the moment not aware of any one case, when the messengers, cipher messages, transmit data to the authorities of any country. In may this year, Brazilian operators have blocked access to WhatsApp in the country for 72 hours in connection with the failure of the messenger to provide special services Brazil information on the negotiations of the suspects on charges of drug smuggling. On the reluctance of cooperation of the leadership of the messenger referred to the data protection policy. Then the founder of WhatsApp Jan Koum said that he was disappointed by the policy of the authorities of the country. According to him, he’s sad to see how Brazil shumoizolyatsiya from the main world.
In October 2015, Pavel Durov said blocking Telegram messenger in Iran after refusing to provide tools to spy on users. “The Iranian Ministry of information and communications has asked the Telegram to provide them with the tools of espionage and censorship. We ignored the requirement, they have blocked”, – he wrote.
As stated in the document adopted by the state Duma in the second and third readings, these articles of the bill take effect July 1, 2018.