Russian lawmakers look to ban e-mail users who share illegal content

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - A group of pro-Kremlin lawmakers has drafted legislation that would allow authorities to block individual e-mail or online messenger users who circulate banned content. FILE PHOTO

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computer keyboard in Warsaw in t9911小鱼儿马会玄机主页 his February 28, 2013 illustration file picture. Kacper Pempel//File PhotoThe bill is likely to al

arm advocate

s of internet freedoms, but the lawmakers say the legislation is needed to c

ombat a wave of hoax bomb threats that have been sporadically called in across the country in recent years. Under the proposed legislation, Internet companies would be required within 24 hours to block individual users who circulate illegal content if the Roskomnadzor state communications watchdog asks the compani

es to

do so. Companies that fail to comply would face a fine of 1 million roubles ($15,350). “In practice, it is efficient to complete

ly block a user, not the individual messages sent by them, said Andrey Klisha

s, one of the lawmakers who drafted the bill. Russian internet search company Yandex (YNDX.O) and Google (GOOGL.O) declined to comment. Representatives of Facebook (FB.O), Viber and Mail.ru Group (MAILRq.L) have not yet responded to a Reuters request for comment. Over the past five years, Russia has introduced tougher laws that require search engines to delete some search results, oblige messaging

services to share encryption keys with security services, and make social networks store Russian users’ personal data on servers within the country. The Kremlin says it is trying to protect the integrity of the internet’s Russian-language segment. The Kremlin’s opponents fear the authorities are using securi

ty as a pretext to ramp up surveillance online. To become law, the bill must be approve

d in three votes in the lower house of parliament before it is sent for approval in the upper house and then signed by President Vla

dimir Putin. The bill can still be amended, but is likely to pass. Other bills t

ightening controls of the internet

have been signed into law in Russia despite opposition from activists and industry lobbyists. ($1 = 65.1500 roub

les)

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