Russia adopts law on autonomous internet

On April 16, the State Duma of the Russian Federation, in the third and final reading, has adopted a law on ensuring the stable operation of the Russian Internet segment in the event of a disconnection from the global infrastructure, more commonly known as the Runet Isolation Law, writes TASS.

This law will come into force on November 1, 2019.

According to the Bell publication, the purpose of the law is “to counter the threat to the stability, security and integrity of the Internet in Russia.” Internet providers and telecom operators will have to install special equipment chosen by Roskomnadzor, the Russian media watchdog. The equipment is intended to filter traffic and block prohibited resources, as well as duplicate the traffic routing system within the country.

The law allows Roskomnadzor to block websites much sooner than before. According to the law, the internet providers will not be a part of any open cases against the violators of the law. Previously, Roskomnadzor kept the registry of prohibited resources, and the provider blocked the site. Now Roskomnadzor will be able to block sites using its own mechanism. Under the new law, Roskomnadzor will receive extreme powers.It will install, upgrade and operate equipment for protection against threats. Roskomnadzor will be able to regulate policy of connecting providers to certain communication networks. Providers are forbidden to directly connect to the networks that do not comply with the requirements.

  Russia, State Duma, Roskomnadzor

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