Russia internet: Law introducing new controls comes into force
BBC News reports that on 1 November a new law came into force in Russia, giving officials broad powers to restrict traffic on the Russian internet. The Kremlin has said the law will improve cyber security. Critics are concerned that the country will create a firewall similar to that in place in China, and that the law is an attempt by President Putin to increase censorship in the country. The new legislation gives the Kremlin the power to block connections within the country, or to the worldwide web “in an emergency”, says BBC News.
The law also mandates ISPs to install deep packet inspection (DPI) equipment, which enables the source of traffic to be identified, and for content to be filtered. The BBC notes that this will enable the country’s telecommunications regulator, Roskomnadzor, to be more effective at blocking sites. Read more: BBC News
- Wednesday, 20 November 2019