MOSCOW (Reuters) – the Russian Federal security service (FSB) has ordered the country’s internet companies, in order to continue to have access to their systems, and at The Bell research website reported late on Tuesday, according to two sources at the companies.
FILE PHOTO: Cars drive past the head office, and (C) of the Federal security service in central Moscow, on May 14, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo
It is said that the measure would impact on a range of Russian internet-related services, which are to be added to the list of entities that are required to transfer the data from the user and posts it to the Russian law enforcement agencies on request.
The list, drawn up by the Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor, which contains more than 200 entities, such as the popular messenger service, Telegram, and some of Yandex’s services, a social network in the UK and classified ad site Avito.ru.
Reuters was unable to immediately confirm the report.
Bell said that the orders they received in the previous year, required the installation of the equipment, so the FSB agents would have access to their information systems as well as the keys needed to decrypt user communications.
Companies that do not comply can be suspended.
Russia has been the increased regulation of the internet, the criticism by some politicians of the opposition, and led to protests from activists, who worry about what they say is the increasing presence in the online world.
Russia has in the past attempted to block access to the cable from the messenger service once and they refused to give up the security of the state, and the access to the users of secret messages.
The authorities have also started to focus their attention on the external conditions, including the dating app, Tinder.
Tinder said last year that it had agreed to be included in Roskomnadzor’s register, but had not disclosed the personal information of our users. The Call did not say whether Tinder was ordered by the FSB to hand over users’ data and communications.
Report by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Andrew Osborn