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Roskomnadzor plans: blocking iOS/Android apps, censorship of search engines

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Yesterday representatives of Roskomnadzor held a meeting with right holders and online venues. Officials reported on two new measures to regulate the Internet.
First, the head of Roskomnadzor Alexander Zharov proposed the creation of a working group to block apps in the AppStore and Google Play stores with pirated and other banned content.
Another working group Will develop methods to regulate search engine output Rights holders want search engines to remove or downgrade sites with pirated content, which are now at the top of search results. Producer Alexander Akopov said that "Yandex" still need to start a dialogue with the rights holders, "and if they do not want to – we will have to make legislative initiatives".
Attendees complained about the lack of a legal definition of a "mirror" site, which should also be blocked along with the main site. "What is a ‘mirror’? Is it a reproduction of part of the site? If so, which one?" – Judge Alexandra Lopatina of the Moscow City Court posed the question.
The results of the intellectual storming of the members of the second working group will be announced in February 2016.

Regulation of OTT operators

About another bill regulating OTT operators, has already been reported As we know, except for Skype, none of them has yet handed over encryption keys to the FSB. "On the networks of telecom operators there are special systems of operational-search activities (SORM). They allow you to read the correspondence and calculate lawbreakers. But messengers live by their own rules and do not obey anyone… If it is a peer-to-peer messenger, i.e. it works without servers and information is sent from user to user, then operators will have to install expensive DPI equipment. It costs millions of dollars, " explains Sergey Kravtsov, former CEO of QIP and creator of 4talk.
In addition, services like WhatsApp, Viber, and Telegram are financially damaging to cellular operators (Megafon complained about this in the summer of 2015).
So the new bill benefits all parties, Vedomosti writes : it solves the problems of the FSB and cellular operators. The users themselves should probably be happy too, since they will be reliably protected from terrorists.
In addition, Roskomnadzor promised to fight the "propaganda of ways to bypass blocking" of resources listed in the register of prohibited information. "This is an antisocial action, and it is necessary to develop a mechanism to counteract such resources, " said Boris Yedidin, head of Roskomnadzor’s legal department.

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