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Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russian FSB Propose To Ban Skype and Gmail

Posted by Info on 11/04/2011

Russia’s Federal Security Service, the FSB – successor to the KGB – says that the communication services Skype, Gmail and Hotmail pose a potential threat to the country’s national security.­“The uncontrollable use of such services may result in a large-scale security threat to Russia,” Aleksandr Andreyechkin, Chief of the FSB…
The primary concerns of Russia’s security service are the foreign encription algorithms used in Skype and other applications.

The FSB proposal to ban Skype and Gmail has once again unveiled the conflict between the Kremlin and the government. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s aide Dmitry Peskov has emphasized the importance of the position of FSB officials and dismissed public opinion that the real motive behind the initiative is to ban Russian citizens from accessing communication services which are difficult to control.

­Gennady Gudkov, Deputy Head of Russia’s State Duma: “Restricting civilian rights would be wrong. We must find other ways to control the transmission of data.”

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