Rospotrebnadzor wants to ban sites on its own

    The current system of blocking "dangerous" sites in Runet is not working very effectively, according to the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights and Human Well-Being (Rospotrebnadzor). For example, after November 1, 2012, 2038 resources were blocked containing information about suicide methods or calls for suicide. But the situation with malicious content on the Internet is “not substantially changed,” Rospotrebnadzor admits .

    The Office responds to requests from citizens and can block the site only after such a request. But it is possible to increase the efficiency of work if the authorized bodies are able to independently monitor the distribution of malicious information on the Internet - to identify it and make decisions to ban access to it.

    “The appeals of citizens and their associations coming to Rospotrebnadzor, as well as analysis by specialists in this field, indicate the need to continue improving the legal framework for activities to prevent suicide, as well as take a more principled position on combating this phenomenon,” the Rospotrebnadzor website said in a statement . .

    First of all, it is necessary to change the approach to identifying prohibited information.

    The existing system involves only work on appeals of citizens coming through the Internet portal ( Thus, the responsibility for the existence of suicidal websites on the Internet rests solely with civil society, which is absolutely unacceptable from the point of view of the goals and objectives of the state, implemented by public authorities - protecting the rights of citizens, including life and health. In this regard, it is necessary to amend the existing legal acts, and enable authorized bodies to carry out full supervision - independently identify prohibited information, make decisions on the prohibition of access to it.

    The need for such measures is obvious, moreover, some court decisions indicate that the judicial community considers the supervisory bodies of the executive branch, which should independently identify and block such information, to be responsible for disseminating information about suicide in the network.

    The impunity and irresponsibility of distributors of prohibited information indicates the need not only to block malicious content, but also the possibility of applying administrative responsibility measures, including administrative suspension of activities through the courts. ”

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