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The State Duma proposed to ban the storage of personal data on foreign servers

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Duma deputy speaker Sergei Zheleznyak proposed to pass a law obliging to host servers with personal data of Russian citizens and official information of the authorities on the territory of Russia, as well as to support domestic electronic production and development of own software.
"We must seriously protect both the information of our citizens and the information of our country. It is only possible to implement this if the network, server equipment containing personal data and information of our official bodies is placed on the territory of the Russian Federation, within our jurisdiction, so that various spies, intelligence and fraudsters cannot take advantage of the difference in legislative approaches and not answer the questions that our investigation and justice have, " Zheleznyak said.
"I propose to implement this as part of legislative initiatives and if possible in the fall already pass them. Also (I propose) to support at the state level the Russian electronic industry and software. We should create information products ourselves, not use someone else’s, " Zheleznyak said.
He noted that in today’s world Russia should ensure its "digital sovereignty, " RIA Novosti reported.
"The world has changed, today information is more important than ever and is the key to success, " Zheleznyak said.
"Americans reproach us for suppressing the promotion of sodomy among children, while sticking their noses into the private correspondence of tens of millions of Russian citizens. The duplicity of the Pharisees of these Western democracies, who on the one hand call on us to respect the law, human rights, confidentiality of information, and on the other hand unceremoniously pry and steal information from our citizens, is astounding, " Zheleznyak said.
According to him, the Russian Constitution contains the right to privacy, the secrecy of telephone conversations and correspondence, and an outright ban on the collection, storage, use and dissemination of information about private life without a court decision. The same principles are written in the legislation of other countries, but "in practice we are faced with blatant violation of human rights."
"The U.S., which presents itself as a bastion of democracy, is in fact carrying out minute-by-minute surveillance of tens of millions of citizens, including citizens of Russia and other nations. This ugly story involves all the major companies that are established in the United States, and these companies do operate in our country, " Zheleznyak said.
"It is telling that none of the Russian human rights activists have said a word in defense of the rights and freedoms of Russian citizens whose private correspondence has been violated, " Zheleznyak said.
He noted that in the law enforcement sphere it is necessary to protect our citizens from the actions of the intelligence services of other countries: "This is our strategic task in the 21st century, and we must do everything to make our citizens feel protected."
In early June, former CIA agent Edward Snowden revealed the secret electronic surveillance program of Internet and social network users, code-named PRISM, conducted by the FBI and NSA.
These entities have had direct access to the servers of Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Skype, YouTube, PalTalk, AOL, and Apple for several years.
The ex-CIA operative is now in hiding in Hong Kong. If he is turned over to the U.S., he could face life in prison for revealing classified information. Ecuador has agreed to grant asylum to Snowden.
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