Russian IoT Platforms To Be Obliged To Provide Data To Security Forces
The Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of Russian Federation intends to approve a plan for the development of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the country, according to which the power agencies can gain access to information stored on IoT platforms, Kommersant reports.
The Internet of Things is vulnerable and can have an impact on the economy, so the law enforcement officers must have access to IoT platforms data to carry out operational and investigative work, the draft document states. To do this, amendments should be made to existing laws.
In order to protect Russian IoT systems, it is supposed to create a closed network using specific identifiers. Moreover, the possibility of introducing licensing to companies operating in the field of IoT is being considered.
The project provides support for Russian companies developing and producing equipment for IoT platforms but limits the imports of hardware from foreign manufacturers.
The market participants reacted ambiguously to the appearance of the document. According to them, if the importation of equipment by foreign companies is restricted, telecom companies will face problems since there are not always analogs in the domestic market, and there are no standards and technologies. Besides, if the law enforcement agencies are connected to IoT networks, companies may be placed in unequal conditions, and the cost of services for subscribers may rise.
As previously reported, the State Duma of Russia plans to consider the law on digital assets in April 2019.