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Russia will ban VPNs and proxies to block "unlawful content"

By midian182 ยท 14 replies
Jul 31, 2017
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  1. We’re used to hearing about China’s continuing crackdown on VPNs, but it seems that Russia is going down the same route. President Vladimir Putin has just signed a new law prohibiting the use of technology that allows access to banned websites.

    The legislation, which was signed over the weekend and has already been approved by Russia’s lower house of parliament (the Duma), is ostensibly designed to block “unlawful content” rather than place restrictions on citizens, according to Leonid Levin, the head of Duma's information policy committee.

    But, much like China, it’s more likely that the move is a way of preventing Russians from viewing content that criticizes the government. With presidential elections set to take place in March, Putin wants to ensure voters can’t see any online material that hasn’t been approved by the state - even though he’s widely expected to win a new six-year term.

    The VPN and proxy ban comes into effect on November 1, but this isn’t the only new law Putin has introduced. From January 1, 2018, chat apps must start identifying users through their phone numbers. While some applications already suggest people hand over this information, it will become mandatory for everyone after this date. Additionally, companies behind the software will be required to limit access of any users spreading “illegal content.”

    Russia’s government has been tightening its control over the internet in recent times. LinkedIn was blocked last November for violating a 2014 law requiring Internet companies that store the details of Russian citizens do so on servers within the country.

    Russia also wants all encrypted messaging apps to come with backdoors, part of an “anti-terrorist bill.” But the country isn't the only nation making such demands.

    The new laws were revealed just a day after Apple removed several popular VPN apps from the App Store in China.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,283

    "Putin has just signed a new law".
    I'm surprised. I never knew he could write.
  3. Igrecman

    Igrecman TS Maniac Posts: 245   +144

    georgex and psycros like this.
  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,620   +3,077

    Same philosophy, different country ..... simply amazing they put up with it all ....
  5. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,407   +1,572

    And thus dissidents were quelled forever as sensitive banking and industry information gets stolen due to lack of VPNs for their employees to use.

    What is scary is that there seems to be many that would support this here in the US.
    Brock Kane, wiyosaya and psycros like this.
  6. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,174   +2,611

    Nobody puts up with nothing. The rich don't care, and the poor don't matter. That's the way of Russia nowadays.
  7. erickmendes

    erickmendes TS Evangelist Posts: 493   +218

    Correction, the way the of the world...
  8. mcborge

    mcborge TS Guru Posts: 495   +380

    And in the uk. I bet most country's would do something like this if they thought they could get away with it no matter how progressive they may seem.
    georgex, Theinsanegamer and psycros like this.
  9. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,387   +2,056

    If anyone still thinks Putin isn't trying to rebuild the USSR, this should dispel their illusions.
    Theinsanegamer and mcborge like this.
  10. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,287   +371

    Pretty soon the hollywood lobbyist will do the same thing in the USA. It's just a matter of time before they pay the right Republicans.
  11. hkhan1989

    hkhan1989 TS Enthusiast Posts: 31   +24

    Well the UK has been exploring ideas of a national internet filter for the past year, so how long before internet censorship and VPN bans become the norm?
    Theinsanegamer and mcborge like this.
  12. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,407   +1,572

    The power of private industry, especially banking, in the UK would ensure that a VPN ban would not go into effect. Such a ban would be disastrous for them economically, and they wont have that.
    Banks and private manufacturing have a LOT more power in the US, and neither of them wants VPNs banned.
  13. Underdog

    Underdog TS Booster Posts: 82   +36

    "If anyone still thinks Putin isn't trying to rebuild the USSR, this should dispel their illusions."

    I don't see anything wrong with that. Not every leader, president, dictator, ruler, etc. is happy to have the USA tell them what to do in their own country. Maybe a re-united USSR would be better able to defend against US aggression.
  14. georgex

    georgex TS Rookie

    so true, it is so hard to see it, as well as blindness of the rest of the world.
  15. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,443   +1,415

    I would be interested in HOW they determine it's a VPN making the access - - parsing the User Agent string??

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