Ten VPN Services In Russia Are Under Threat Of Blocking
The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media in Russia (Roskomnadzor) has demanded from the owners of 10 VPN services to connect to the Federal State Information System (FGIS), as reported in a press release.
The services include NordVPN, VyprVPN, VPN Unlimited, Kaspersky Secure Connection, and some others. These are given one month to fulfill the request; otherwise, they will be blocked.
The agency refers to the state regulatory act on information technology and data protection. It follows from the articles of the law that the owners of VPN services, anonymizers, and search operators are obliged to restrict access to prohibited websites, the current list of which is contained in the FGIS.
The law enforcement agencies responsible for the information security of the state addressed Roskomnadzor with the requirement of compliance with the law.
Currently, several Russian search operators have joined the FGIS. The press release gives an example with Google. The company ignored the requirements of the agency, and a fine of 500,000 rubles ($7.7 thousand) was imposed on it in early 2019.
Some representatives of VPN services have already commented on the information of Roskomnadzor in media. Kaspersky Lab has agreed to meet the requirements of the agency, the radio Govorit Moskva reports. The service TorGuard announced the rejection of the use of servers in Russia.
As previously reported, the Russian parliament plans to consider the law on digital assets in April.