Thursday, April 28, 2005

Russia’s FSB Demands Control Over Internet


Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Thursday that special services need an extension of their authority to control communication networks.

Dmitry Frolov, spokesman for the FSB information security center, was speaking at the Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian parliament, RIA Novosti reported. In particular, the FSB representative said his agency suggested developing new rules for internet providers that would prevent the spread of extremist ideas on the Internet, register internet activity.

He also said that the FSB should get access to user databases of telephone companies with information on all internet addresses of users, both static and mobile. Frolov also said it was necessary to introduce obligatory registration of all mobile phone users, as they can also use the Internet.

A bad sign. A very bad sign.


Anonymous said...

Well, FAPSI ( has always been like that... Welcome to Russia :)

Alice said...

I visited Russia in June of 1989 and entertained some hope things would improve. Alas.

Anonymous said...

Well, FSB may demand whatever they want... They won't get access over the internet more than they have at now. It's just idiocy. That won't pass thru the Russian Duma.