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Russian FSB Reportedly Plans To Increase Control Of Internet

Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) plans to increase its control over the country's Internet, according to reports by "Kommersant."

The Russian business daily reported on October 21 that the Communications Ministry has prepared a draft decree according to which all Internet providers must install special devices on their servers by July 1, 2014, that would store all online traffic data for the previous 12 hours, with the FSB having direct access to that data.

"Kommersant" cites a letter by Vympelkom to the Communications Ministry in which the Russian Internet provider slams the draft decree, saying it violates the Russian Constitution and laws protecting the private lives of citizens.

"Kommersant" also cites two sources in the communications industry and a manager at the state telecom company Rostelecom as saying the draft decree will be registered at the ministry soon and is expected to go into force by the end of 2013.
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