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In Russia, user email blocking may be introduced

For refusing to block users instant messengers and email service will face a fine of up to 1 million rubles.

In Russia, blocking of users of email services and instant messengers engaged in the dissemination of prohibited information may be introduced. The corresponding draft law was submitted to the State Duma by members of the Federation Council Andrei Klishas, ​​Alexander Bashkin, Lyudmila Bokova and Alexander Karlin.

According to the authors of the document, the e-mail services need to be extended to the laws applicable to instant messengers. To do this, they introduced the general concept of “organizer of the messaging service” and proposed to make appropriate changes to the Administrative Code, providing for the corresponding administrative responsibility of these service organizers, Klishas told RIA Novosti news agency.

In particular, for the “failure by the organizer of the instant messaging service to establish the obligations established by the legislation of the Russian Federation on information, information technologies and the protection of information”, the document proposes to introduce fines of 3 thousand to 5 thousand rubles. (for citizens), from 30 thousand to 50 thousand rubles. (for officials) and from 800 thousand to 1 million rubles. (for legal entities).

As the senator noted, it is also planned to make adjustments to the provisions of the law on restrictions on correspondence – not individual messages of offending users will be blocked, but their accounts.

Among other things, the document proposes to exclude from the law provisions that are contrary to the constitution and obligate owners of messaging services to check the contents of emails and evaluate their legitimacy.

According to the bill, operators should only block the transmission of electronic messages by the guilty users solely at the request of the authorized federal executive body. According to Klishas, ​​the innovation will allow not only to deal more effectively with threats, but also ensure compliance with the constitutional rights of citizens.

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