Roskomnadzor has unlocked WeChat messenger

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Roskomnadzor has excluded from the register of prohibited information Chinese instant messenger WeChat and registered it as an organizer of information dissemination in the Internet. Now the company will be obliged to share data with Russian authorities

Roskomnadzor said that it had removed access restrictions to information systems WeChat International PTE, the eponymous Chinese messenger. As stated in the message Department, the company has provided the necessary contact information for inclusion in the register of the organizers of information dissemination (ARI).

According to the law “On information, information technologies and protection of information” to the ORI include e-mail services, instant messengers, online forums, and other forums enabling you to exchange messages online. ORI must notify Roskomnadzor about the beginning of his work and stored on the territory of Russia information about the facts of reception, transmission and processing of voice information, written text, images, sounds, video or other electronic messages to users within six months from the date of completion of implementation of such actions. This information they must provide on request to the competent authorities, such as the Federal security service. Under the so-called “law of Spring” from 1 July 2018 the ORI will be required to keep information about the facts of communication of its users during the year and up to six months — its content.

About blocking one of the most popular in the world of messengers WeChat (889 million users at the end of 2016) became known on may 5. Under restriction were URL-the page messenger — wechat.com. The reason for the ban was the fact that WeChat has not provided Roskomnadzor with information for inclusion in the register of ORI.

In addition to WeChat in the register ORI have also been made to the company Vimeo LLC, and Opera Software, said Roskomnadzor. The first is the developer of the same name sharing, the second browser that also provides built-in VPN service (allows you to visit blocked by the authorities of different countries sites).

“Roskomnadzor together with the bodies implementing operative investigative activities, conducts routine work on filling the registry of the organizers of the dissemination of information”, — stated in the message controller. It zaregistrirovano 80 ORI, including email clients Mail.ru Group and “Yandex” cloud service “Yandex.Disc” the social network “My world”, “My circle”, “Vkontakte”, Dating services, Mamba and Badoo etc.

Earlier from-for failure to comply with the Roskomnadzor, Russia has been blocked sites messenger BlackBerry, Imo, Line, Vchat video chat, and online radio Zello.

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