Russia wants mandatory backdoor into WhatsApp and Telegram

Jun

21

2016

There is a proposal by the Russian Duma to require all messaging apps to provide opportunities to decrypt messages to the Russian secret service on penalty of a fine. This is part of anti-terrorist legislation.

The State Duma wants apps like WhatsApp, Telegram and Viber be fined up to 1 million rubles, about 14 thousand euros, if it does not meet the requirement to install a backdoor which the Secret Service can read messages. It’s not just about messaging services, but probably also on social networks and email services, writes news agency Tass.

The service is proposed to be able to read all the information, both received, sent, delivered and processed communication. Citizens, companies and institutions can get a fine ranging from three thousand to one million rubles.

The bill has already been approved by the Russian security committee. Senator Elena Mizulina believes that the proposed legislation should be as’ brainwashed teenagers are in closed groups of the Internet to murder police officers “and that all” protected by encryption. She goes according to Current Time so far as to say that messages may need to be filtered in advance.

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