The State Duma approved in the first reading fines for non-execution of the law on messengers

Published on July 07, 2017

The State Duma approved in the first reading fines for non-execution of the law on messengers



    Today, Friday, the State Duma adopted in the first reading the draft law on administrative penalties for failure to comply with duties under the bill of messengers, writes "Interfax". The initiative was written by Marina Mukabenova, Deputy Chairman of the Information Policy Committee of the Duma (United Russia), Oleg Nikolaev (Fair Russia), and Alexander Yushchenko (KPRF), deputies.

    Administrative responsibility is provided for “failure of the organizer to disseminate information on the Internet, ensuring the provision of information and communication instant messaging services, statutory duties.” Violators face a fine of from 3 to 5 thousand rubles for citizens, from 30 to 50 thousand rubles for officials and from 800 thousand to 1 million rubles for legal entities.

    The amendments were made together with the basic bill, the State Duma adopted it in the first reading on June 14th . At the same time, officials believe that changes made to the legislation will protect the interests of both citizens and businesses. "As of today the amount of information transmitted through the messengers have already exceeded the amount of information transmitted by traditional telecom operators, as well as due to the fact that the owners have not offered any of the activity of regulatory measures on their own, it was decided to support the bill," - said the head of the Information Policy Committee Leonid Levin.

    The main bill proposed "to identify users using the subscriber number on the basis of an identification contract concluded by the organizer of instant messaging with a telecom operator". Accordingly, the messengers received "obligations to ensure the technical possibility of users refusing to receive electronic messages from other users, to ensure the possibility of sending electronic messages on the initiative of public authorities, as well as limiting the distribution and transmission of messages containing information that is distributed in violation of the requirements of the Russian legislation."

    New standards should come into force on January 1, 2018. The remaining time, officials suggest to use the owners of instant messengers in order to bring the work of their services in line with the new requirements.