Internet Ombudsman on anonymizers's bill: "It's madness!"

Internet Ombudsman on anonymizers's bill: "It's madness!"
Dmitry Marinichev

Representatives of the three factions on the afternoon of June 8 introduced a bill that prohibits the use of technologies that circumvent the blocking of forbidden Internet sites.⁠

Ombudsman for the protection of entrepreneurs' rights on the Internet Dmitry Marinichev called "madness" a bill banning technology to view blocked sites in his conversation with RBC.

"All this goes against common sense. The bill refers to technologies that allow you to bypass the blocking. First of all, this is VPN and anonymizers. How will they separate the VPN that is used for commercial purposes from the VPN that is used to bypass the blockings? This can not be determined," he said.

According to him, it is possible to prohibit the use of VPNs on the end devices technically, but "it will simply be the pursuit of their own citizens in their own country." Also, Marinichev compared the introduction of the proposed ban with a ban "to insert locks into the doors." "You need to pass the keys, and remove the curtains from the windows so that you can see how the citizens live," he added.

Representatives of the three factions on the afternoon of June 8 introduced a bill that prohibits the use of technologies that circumvent the blocking of forbidden Internet sites. The document states that if the providers do not limit their access to sites that circumvent the blocking within 30 days, Roskomnadzor will do it.

In mid-April, the Vedomosti newspaper reported that the bill on the prohibition of anonymizers was developed in Roskomnadzor, and its initiator was the Russian Security Council. At the same time, the sources of the publication indicated that the technical part of the document was created by lawyers of the Media-Communication Union. Their task was to deny access to sites with pirated content, which users got through special programs.

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