State Duma Committee approves bill on banning anonymity in messengers

State Duma Committee approves bill on banning anonymity in messengers

The authors of the bill propose to identify instant messenger users by their phone numbers "cooperating with mobile operators".

The bill prohibiting anonymity in messengers has been approved by the committee on information policy, information technology and communications.

The Committee recommended the draft law for consideration in the first reading. The hearing has not yet been scheduled.

The authors of the document expect that it will enter into force on January 1, 2018.

The bill banning messengers from registering users without identifying them was submitted to the State Duma on May 24. The authors of the bill propose to identify instant messenger users by their phone numbers "cooperating with mobile operators".

The messengers are to be fined for violation of the law prohibiting the exchange of messages between anonymous users.

The bill also obliges messengers to limit sending messages at the request of the "authorized federal executive body". If the ban is violated, the messenger will be blocked.

The bill applies only to those messengers that are registered with the Roskomnadzor as distributors of information. WhatsApp and Telegram are among those that did not get the status.

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