Telecommunications Industry Requires Hardware On Rusia
The law (popularly known as the “Yarovaya Act”) requires telecommunications industry and Internet companies to store the content of all communications for up to six months, and for communications metadata of up to three years. The recent amendments to the anti-terrorist law require hardware that the country does not currently have and Putin wants Russia to build its own storage servers.
The Russian Federation could offset some of the costs associated with implementing the recent amendments to the anti-terrorist law following reports that this would force local service providers to increase their prices significantly.
The law (popularly known as the “Yarovaya Act“) requires telecommunications industry and Internet companies to store the content of all communications for up to six months, and for communications metadata of up to three years.
The idea has been criticized as unfeasible, given the amount of storage infrastructure they have to be involved.
According to the state news agency TASS, the Russian government could resort to storing all the required data in its own data centers – however, Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov admitted that the country does not currently have the necessary infrastructure.
To solve this problem, President Vladimir Putin has commissioned two of his ministries to develop specifications for the necessary hardware, with a view to building it in the country.
The Yarovaya Law, which is named after Irina Yarovaya, an important political figure in the country, is ready to go into effect on July 1, 2018. It has been criticized worldwide for its privacy implications, but what worries To local companies are the practical aspects of the regulations.
According to representatives of the Russian telecommunications industry, implementation of the Yarovaya Act could cost between 4 and 5.2 trillion rubles (between $ 64 and $ 83.2 trillion), resulting in 157.5 exabytes of additional information for Be stored.
Natalya Kaspersky, CEO of InfoWatch and co-founder of Russian cyber security giant Kaspersky, previously suggested that all relevant data could be classified into a single, government-owned facility to ease the burden on operators. She compared this model to the way in which the United States National Security Agency (NSA) stores the data of citizens of the United States.
Nikiforov told the TASS agency that law enforcement is still under discussion between representatives of the telecommunications industry and security forces and bodies. He said there was a possibility that the government could opt for such a centralized model.
Nikiforov dismissed the scenario in which the government would issue a single offer to manufacture the required storage equipment, but added that the equipment should be built by national technology companies.
“This is not a state order. It will be a decision that the operators will have to make, they will decide how they will implement the law,” he said.
Nikiforov spoke several days after President Putin ordered the Ministry of Communications and the Ministry of Industry and Trade to prepare a “technical allocation” specifying what kind of equipment would be required to make the Yarovaya Law a reality.
“We have to do this as soon as possible. We must use our own business, especially because demand is guaranteed,” the president said.