September 29, 2009

"Your Papers, Comrade?"

(Moscow, Russia) Proposed legislation mandates that undefined "required information" on Internet users be handed over to the government.

Internet providers operating in the Russian segment of the web will be forced to give information about their users to law enforcement agencies, according to a bill posted on the Justice Ministry’s web site.

Neither the bill nor an attached memorandum indicated what kind of information the providers would be obliged to hand over.

Penalties for noncompliance include fines up to 40,000 rubles and prison terms up to seven years. (More ....)

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