Today Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the controversial “anti-terrorist” legislation adopted by the lower and upper houses of parliament in late June, despite the flurry of criticism from opposition-minded circles. The new law provides severe penalties for those involved in “international terrorism,” its financing or non-denunciation. However, in order to achieve that goal, the law also provides law-enforcement agencies access to any user’s messages without any judicial oversight.
Telecom operators and internet resources will need to store the recordings of all phone calls and the content of all text messages for a period of six months. They will be required to cooperate with the Federal Security Service (FSB) to make their users’ communications fully accessible to this organization.
Details may be found at http://venturebeat.com/2016/07/07/russian-leader-putin-signs-controversial-big-brother-law/.