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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Russian officials and military forbidden to use Skype and WhatsApp

Officials and servicemen of Russia may prohibit conduct work correspondence via foreign mobile apps. Such proposals are contained in the report of the Ministry of economic development sent to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

So, the ban could affect email, Gmail, WhatsApp, Viber, Skype and Telegram. The offer is already supported by Minkomsvjazi, the Ministry of industry and trade and the Institute of development Internet (IRI).

As a result, these programs can lose an audience in excess of 2.5 million people, writes “Kommersant”.

If limits will be introduced, for internal purposes and military officials will only use Russian instant messenger. The development of the future state of the domestic counterpart of foreign programs can do Mail.ru and IRI.

Also the initiators of the proposal consider it necessary to introduce administrative penalty for the purchase of foreign software and equipment in violation of the law.

According to “Tape.<url>”, in late 2015, the Deputy from the Communist party Vadim Soloviev introduced the state Duma a bill with amendments to the law “On state civil service in the Russian Federation”. It proposed to prohibit the officials to use Google, Yahoo!, WhatsApp, which can be used for unauthorized access to information of a confidential nature or proprietary information”. However, the state Duma rejected the bill.


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