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Here's exactly what kind of user data Russia's Federal Security Service wants from registered instant messengers and social networks

Meduza
16:27, 11 august 2017

Russia’s Communications Ministry has published a draft order outlining the technical equipment “information distribution organizers” will be required to operate by July 2018, and the kinds of user data these “organizers” will have to share with the Federal Security Service. The mandatory requirements would apply to Russia’s growing list of instant messengers and social networks, which so far includes Vkontakte, Odnoklassniki, Yandex, Rambler, Mail.ru, and recently Telegram and Snapchat. Beginning on July 1, 2018, these companies will be required by law to store all written and multimedia correspondence between users. In the image above, Meduza breaks down the full list of user data Russian federal police expect to receive from all registered “information distribution organizers.”

Photo on front page: Gleb Garanich / Reuters / Scanpix / LETA