Russia

Yarovaya Package

Score:

1 out of 5

July 2016: Enacted

This Russian law is oppressive on many fronts, but we'll focus on the Internet and technology-related aspects. This law was named after Irina Yarovaya, the head of Russia's parliamentary security committee. The self proclaimed "anti-terrorism" law requires Internet service providers to store customer metadata for three years, and actual customer communications for six months. It also includes provisions requiring foreign providers to store data on local servers within Russia. Government officials could also force online communications providers such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Telegram to provide authorities an encryption backdoor.

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Pros

None.

Cons

This is just another example of a global power using excuses of national security and anti-terrorism to conduct mass surveillance and violate the privacy rights of citizens. It also threatens Internet freedom, and has resulted in the censorship of several major communications platforms within the country.

Tags:
  • Censorship,
  • Encryption,
  • Mass Surveillance,
  • Privacy