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Volume: 14 Issue: 9
(September 2017)

cybersecurity telecommunications cybercrime penalties national security

maria ostashenko anastasia petrova

alrud law firm


Russia: Messenger operators: counter-terrorism regulation

In the wake of recent terrorist attacks in Europe and Russia, the Russian legislature has introduced further obligations on instant messaging service operators, including WhatsApp, Telegram and others. In particular, the provisions establish requirements to identify users of messaging applications, supplementing the existing data retention and reporting requirements in force. Anastasia Petrova and Maria Ostashenko, Partner and Associate at ALRUD law firm respectively, unpack these changes to the legal landscape for operators of messaging services.

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