FSB demands detailed personal information on Russians using social networks

'The Motherland Hears You' by popular Russian artist Vasya Lozhkin. (A satirical depiction of omnipresent domestic surveillance by Russian security services, such as the FSB, police, tax revenue enforcement, etc.)

'The Motherland Hears You' by popular Russian artist Vasya Lozhkin. (A satirical depiction of omnipresent domestic surveillance by Russian security services, such as the FSB, police, tax revenue enforcement, etc.) 

Analysis & Opinion, Russia

In its effort to gain control over social networks, an effort that is likely to fall short given various workarounds available to Internet savvy users, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) is demanding that by next year, instant messenger services and social networks provide it with the kind of personal data that most people prefer to keep secret to avoid identity theft.

The draft order, which has been issued by the communications ministry and is slated to take effect next July, will require these services to provide the following information about each user:

  • User name
  • Full real name
  • Date of birth
  • Exact Address
  • Passport number
  • List of relatives
  • Friends list
  • Contacts list
  • List of all foreign languages spoken
  • Date and time of account’s creation
  • Date and time of all communications
  • Full text of all communications
  • Full archives of all audio and video communications
  • All shared files
  • Records of all e-payments
  • Location for use of each service
  • IP address
  • Telephone number
  • Email address
  • Software used

Such requirements are intended to send a chill through Russian social networks. And they will certainly discourage some from making use of these networks lest they fall victim to the powers that be. But more than that they will underscore the increasingly Orwellian nature of the Russian state under Vladimir Putin.

The immediately interesting question is whether those in other countries will complain as much about this as they have about NSA’s far less invasive procedures.

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  • Dirk Smith

    Inevitable regression by a crumbling mafia syndicate. Always fun watching history repeat itself in third-world ruSSia. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/efcbb930c4f25543cb36adb198a3feb975ba62f8ad2a3c345530e1d67629fdf7.jpg

  • Ihor Dawydiak

    Do the two novels, “Animal Farm” and “1984” written by George Orwell ring a bell? They should for all of those who are familiar with these masterpieces as they described the Soviet Union to a tee and they are just as pertinent today in describing the regime of Pompous Putin the Pederast.

  • Tony

    russians can only dream of Ukrainian levels of liberties, nevermind western levels.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      The point is, they DON’T dream of such levels of liberties. Most seem to be quite happy to wallow in their cesspool dictatorship. They voted for the dwarf several times and will continue to do so. One wonders why the dwarf even bothers to rig elections given the widespread support he enjoys.

  • zorbatheturk

    In RuSSian public libraries, George Orwell’s ” Nineteen Eighty-four ” is always shelved in the Non-Fiction section.