Rus­sian bill to re­strict In­ter­net ad­vances

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM -

MOSCOW — Rus­sia’s par­lia­ment has out­lawed the use of vir­tual pri­vate net­works and other In­ter­net proxy ser­vices, cit­ing con­cerns about the spread of ex­trem­ist ma­te­ri­als.

The State Duma on Fri­day unan­i­mously passed a bill that would oblige In­ter­net providers to block web­sites that of­fer vir­tual pri­vate net­work ser­vices. Many Rus­sians use vir­tual pri­vate net­works to ac­cess blocked con­tent by rout­ing con­nec­tions through servers out­side the coun­try.

The law­mak­ers be­hind the bill ar­gued that the move could help to en­force Rus­sia’s ban on dis­sem­i­nat­ing ex­trem­ist con­tent on­line.

The bill has to be ap­proved at the up­per cham­ber of par­lia­ment and signed by the pres­i­dent be­fore it comes into ef­fect.

Rus­sian au­thor­i­ties have been crack­ing down on In­ter­net free­doms in re­cent years. Among other things they want In­ter­net com­pa­nies to store pri­vacy data on Rus­sian servers.

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