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New rules for Russian internet surveillance hold ISPs responsible for storage of internet traffic

November 7, 2013 | Written by The Grand Signal
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In an effort to tighten controls over the internet Russia is expanding its surveillance measures to Russian ISPs. ISPs will be required to keep track of all Internet traffic, recording IP addresses, telephone numbers, and usernames. They will be required to store all collected traffic for 12 hours while the Russian security apparatus monitors it.

The move has sparked controversy as it is counter to provisions protecting privacy and the right to due process under the Russian Constitution.

It is unclear whether these measures will have a net effect on Russian internet users’ privacy. Some suggesting that the new measures will have little effect on Russian rights to privacy as current legislation requires ISPs to collect data already. The difference appears to be the 12-hour rule which holds ISPs responsible for storing internet traffic giving the Russian security apparatus, which has limited storage capacity, time to adequately monitor the information.

via Global Voices Online

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