You can get caught by law enforcement for using a GPS beacon for a cow
Today it became known that the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Russia (CCI) has made a proposal to change the article of the Criminal Code, which introduces penalties for trafficking in technical means for the covert acquisition of information. About it report "RIA Novosti.
As far as one can tell, this suggestion is a consequence of a question a farmer from Kurgan Oblast asked Russian President Vladimir Putin at his annual press conference. The farmer asked if it was fair that the purchase of a GPS beacon for a cow that was constantly fighting off the herd resulted in a criminal case.
Law enforcers brought the case because these kinds of devices are classified as special technical means for secretly obtaining information. In June the FSB published a draft of amendments to the Criminal Code, which introduces a definition of technical means that separates them from consumer electronics for mass consumers. A final version of the bill’s text is currently being drafted.
"The Chamber proposes to exclude from the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation article 138.1 "Illegal turnover of special technical means designed for unobtrusive obtaining of information". Now for the violation of its requirements entrepreneur can get up to four years imprisonment, " – said the head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sergey Katyrin.
According to representatives of the chamber, the existence of penalties for the use of household electronic devices are a threat to the development of business for the production of high-tech electronic devices. This also applies to those systems that are created by order of government agencies. "For this violation, the Chamber believes it is possible to limit the penalties established by the current Article 20.23 of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation, " the official believes.