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Russian telecom operators want to end anonymity on the Internet

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And at the same time strike a blow to all messengers and other services that provide the ability to correspond

Russian telecom operators want to end anonymity on the Internet
As reported by of a number of Russian publications , the Union of Mobile Network Operators is preparing a bill under which all owners of messengers and other services or resources that provide the ability to correspond will be required to identify users and, if necessary, remove prohibited information.
This document, in fact, is an amendment to the legislation on "communications and media" and will require the identification of all users on the basis of databases of telecommunications operators, which services will be able to access by entering into prior agreements with them.
This is not the first attempt by operators, primarily cellular operators, to limit the distribution of messengers in the Russian Federation. Previously, they have already taken the initiative to license Skype, and Megafon even restricted the acceptance of calls from Microsoft service coming from abroad. Then the lawmakers did not support the operators and the latter were left with nothing.
Now, against the backdrop of the passed and Yarovaya-Ozerov anti-terrorist bill signed by the president The requirements of cellular operators seem to be excessive. In addition, the entire responsibility for the implementation of the projected law is shifted to the owners of the services, and for violations the operators plan to receive the right to restrict access to them in the territory of the Russian Federation.
For a number of objective reasons, a significant portion of services, such as Telegram, simply will not be able to comply with the new requirements and will be blocked. Also, the very vague wording "organizer of the dissemination of information on the Internet, which provides the ability to exchange electronic messages" allows any Internet resource that leaves the possibility to correspond and / or publish messages to be put under attack.
Thus, this list already includes services of domestic Internet giants Yandex and Mail.ru Group (the latter own messengers mail.ru Agent and ICQ, social networks VK and Odnoklassniki, which are also mentioned in the list of information disseminators). A representative of Mail.ru has already called the projected requirements against the background of "Yarovaya Package" excessive, Yandex noted that the new law cancels anonymity in the Internet, other companies have refrained from comments so far.
The main motivation for yet another attempt to impose regulation on messengers is the financial losses of cellular operators. At least 20% of subscribers constantly use messenger services, which has led to a 2% decrease in revenue for operators over the past year. It all looks like people are trying to get people to go back to using expensive SMS/MMS and long distance/international calls instead of free Internet messaging.

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