04 Jul Russia’s Big Data Retention Law Comes Into Force
Last Sunday, Russia’s “Big Brother” law which is the Kremlin’s version of UK’s Investigatory Powers Act, came into force. The new surveillance regime will compel telecom providers in the country to retain people’s communications and metadata for use of Russian intelligence agencies.
The new rules dictate that the providers have to keep the data, such as text messages, phone calls, and chats for as long as 6 months. It is expected that the costs for additional storage will run up to millions of dollars, which will be a significant burden for providers.
Director of Roskomsvoboda digital rights Artyom Kozlyuk also pointed out that the law will make citizen’s less secure, as there is a big risk that the databases can get breached and the data sold in the black market.