The FSB opposed the pilot testing of the “law of Spring”

The FSB does not want to give the operators a respite to fulfil the “law of Spring”. Secret service opposed the creation of pilot zones and the phased implementation of the provisions of the act, although previously these initiatives were supported by the market participants and officials of other departments

The FSB opposed the creation of pilot zones in the regions to test the so-called “law of Spring” in the part relating to Telecom operators and Internet companies. This was reported “Interfax” with reference to the participants of the meeting, which was held at the site of the working group “Communication and IT” of the expert Council under the government.

According to the Agency, the agenda of the meeting included the questions about the selection of regions, networks and possible sources of funding for pilot zones and the phased introduction of the requirements of the law. According to one source, the FSB opposed the three items and “aggressive look at the phased introduction of requirements.” The main argument of the FSB is that the technical capabilities for the implementation of the law exist today.

According to “Interfax”, the FSB expects by June 30 to develop the legal act in which will appear the specific format in which information is stored.

The curator of the working group “Communication and IT” of the Expert Council under the government of Irina Levova, who took part in the meeting of the working group, confirmed RBC that the FSB opposed the creation of pilot zones in the regions to test the “law of Spring”. “In this position of FSB of the meaning of “pilot”, probably not. They are customers and, above all, interested in how to conduct the piloting. If the customer is not interested, perhaps it makes no sense,” said Levova.

The FSB did not answer the questions of RBC. The representative of the Ministry of communications at the time of publication had not responded to a request to RBC.

Adopted in the summer of 2016 anti-terrorist package of amendments, which received the unofficial title of “Spring package” (named one of the document’s authors — state Duma Deputy Irina Spring) instructs the operators and organizers of information distribution on the Internet (this includes e-mail services, instant messengers, sites with forums) for up to six months to keep records of calls and contents of correspondence to its subscribers and users, and up to three years — information about the facts of communication. The law States that the exact date, amount and other details of the storage shall be determined by the government.

The idea of creating a pilot project and phased implementation of the provisions of the law were presented at the meeting of the expert group in mid-January. In February it released an opinion in which he supported these initiatives. As argued, the source of “Vedomosti”, in this regard, the timing of the implementation of the “law of Spring” can be shifted to 2019.

Representatives of MTS and “VympelCom” have refused to comment on the failure to establish pilot zones. The representative of “MegaFon” reported that the company is “for the creation of pilot zones”, because “the project will help the market to objectively assess the situation: look at the possibility of implementing the law, to assess the value of the solution.”

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