Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has ordered among the nation’s major internet firms to provide it continuous access to their system, three sources at the corporations said.
It stated the measure would affect a series of Russian internet services that were included in an entities list obliged to hand over user information and messages to Russian regulation enforcement agencies on demand.
The list, made by Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor, accommodates over 200 entities resembling popular messenger service Telegram, some Yandex services, social community VK and classified advertisement website Avito.ru.
The Bell stated the orders, which the businesses received in 2019, demanded they install gear allowing FSB staff to have steady access to their data systems and the keys to decode users’ communications.
Russia’s elevated regulation of the internet has drawn criticism from some opposition politicians and triggered demonstrations by activists who are worried about the state’s rising presence in the online world.
Russia has in the past tried to block access to the Telegram messenger service after it refused to give state safety access to users’ secret messages.
The authorities have also begun to draw their attention to foreign services, along with dating app Tinder.