Roskomnadzor has begun preparations for blocking Facebook, Twitter and Google servers in Russia.
It was originally planned that they would be blocked in the second half of 2016, but this week the deputies urgently changed their minds and adopted amendments, according to which the shutdown period is postponed to January 1, 2015. But Roskomnadzor is in a hurry to create the prerequisites even faster.
Shutdown technology - two-way. First, foreign services are presented with a deliberately unfeasible requirement to transfer all user data to sites controlled by the FSB of the Russian Federation. And then for failure to comply with this requirement they are turned off. Rather, they cut us off.
Having registered with Roskomnadzor as an organizer of the dissemination of information, such a site must store for six months “on the territory of the Russian Federation information about the facts of receiving, transmitting, delivering and (or) processing voice information, written text, images, sounds or other electronic messages of network users the Internet". For failure to comply with this requirement, a fine is threatened: for legal entities - up to 500 thousand rubles, - the signalmen explain.
It may seem to you that the journalists of Izvestia missed an important nuance: whose data is to be stored on the territory of the Russian Federation. Is it only about citizens of the Russian Federation, about Russian-speaking Internet users around the world, or about persons with any citizenship who are in Russia at the time of data transfer?
In fact, Izvestia journalists are not to blame for this. Of course, they could have asked the Roskomnadzor official this interesting question, and maybe even asked it, only they were not allowed to print the answer. The harsh truth is that the answer in 97-FZ is not spelled out at all. No attempt has been made to limit the jurisdiction of the Duma laws and the legitimate sphere of interests of the FSB of the Russian Federation - neither by the criterion of citizenship, nor by language, nor by geography. If you read 97-FZ in the form in which it is written and adopted, then there we are talking about any reception and transmission of data - American and European, Japanese and Canadian, Israeli and New Zealand, without any restrictions. And the definition of a blog there is also given from generosity. Let me quote, otherwise you won't believe me: