The authorities developed a new draft law on state regulation of messengers

According to “Kommersant”, the bill proposes to include in the law “On communication” the notion of “information-communication services instant messaging”. As follows from the document, it is the services of exchange of electronic messages telecommunication inextricably linked with the communication services. The organizers of the dissemination of data on the Internet should provide software that allows you to identify the user.

The project developed by the Roskomnadzor, the working group was attended by mobile operators, a source told “Kommersant”. Service spokesman Vadim Ampelonskiy has not confirmed data about the involvement in the drafting of amendments. Another source said that the initiator of the bill, the Ministry of interior. According to him, the Ministry is interested “in ending the illegal sales of SIM cards”. The interior Ministry on the request of the newspaper not answered.

The interlocutor of the edition familiar with the drafting of the bill, admitted that the amendments governing the messengers, will be submitted to the Duma together with the draft providing for the regulation of SIM cards.

The latter implies that from 1 January 2019, mobile operators can conclude contracts on rendering of communication services with subscribers “with the help of automated devices in electronic form”, and will also have the opportunity to verify the accuracy of information about subscribers not only passport, but also through a unified system of identification and authentication (ESIA), a qualifying electronic signature, a single public services portal by connecting to the systems of government agencies.

The amendments introduce fines for the distribution of SIM cards without authority of the operator: for individuals — 2-5 thousand rubles, and for legal — 100-200 thousand rubles For the illegal sale of SIM cards of foreign citizen or person without citizenship the fine plan of 50-60 thousand rubles with confiscation of SIM cards, as well as administrative arrest up to 15 days with expulsion from Russia.

According to the representative of MTS Dmitry Solodovnikov, the company “fully supports the provisions of the bill”. He noted that it “will provide an additional channel to attract subscribers, will facilitate the process of their remote identification and streamline distribution SIM-cards”. In Yota said that the amendments will solve the problem of remote user authentication. In “VimpelCom” stated that the IAIS will help operators to check the data specified in the contracts. In the “MegaFon” declined to comment on the initiative, and Viber did not respond to a request.