The security or burden on business: experts on the postponement of the entry into force of the “Spring package”

MOSCOW, 5 July. /TASS/. Experts in the Internet industry, polled by TASS,

not agreed about whether to postpone the entry into force of the package of anti-terrorist amendments, the so-called “Spring package” of five years: while some advocate the immediate introduction of these measures in order to combat the terrorist threat, others believe that such steps are, in principle, excessive and an unnecessary burden on business.

As previously reported by “Vedomosti”, the entry into force of the package of anti-terrorist amendments, Irina Spring and Viktor Ozerov may be carried forward for five years – from 2018 to 2023. Government Commission on legislative activities considering the positive opinion on the relevant draft law, Senator Anton Belyakov and Deputy Oleg Shein.

Five years is too long

As the Executive Director of the League of safe Internet Denis Davydov, with the implementation of the law, which, in his opinion, will help to reduce the level of terrorist threat, we can’t wait.

“It is clear that you need to consider the business interests, but the interests of society is also important. Five years is a lot. Of course, this is an unnecessarily long time for such important social norms,” he told TASS.

Unnecessary burden on business

With his opinion agreed the Internet Ombudsman Dmitry Marinichev. “Internet companies and operators simply do not need this package, because it kills their business,” he said in an interview with TASS.

Marinichev believes that the storage of user data by companies will not help in the fight against terrorism. According to the Internet Ombudsman, there is no sense to force companies to store user data, and “we need more high-tech solutions special services.”

The view of the IT industry

As the Director for project activities of the Institute for the development of the Internet Arseny Weltzin, if Russia aims to create favourable economic and technological environment and the increasing share of the digital economy in the country’s GDP, we cannot ignore the emerging legal barriers, such as the “Spring package”.

“By itself, information security is, of course, not questioned, but technological commitments of this package of bills, obviously, are a big barrier to economic development, he said. – I am sure that this delay and discussion in the government will help in the regulatory mechanisms to find the missing view of the IT industry”.

According to experts, continue the legislative initiatives related to the technological development, should be discussed with the industry, because “in the technological transformation of the combined position of the business is extremely important.”

On the “Spring package”

The so-called “Spring package” is the unofficial name of the two antiterrorism laws introduced in the state Duma Deputy Irina Yarovaya and Senator Viktor Ozerov and adopted in the summer of 2016. Laws are being amended in a number of Russian legal acts, including laws “On countering terrorism”.

The main provisions of the laws entered into force on 20 July 2016. From 1 July 2018 “package of Spring” obliges operators for three years to store data on the facts of reception, transmission, delivery and processing of voice information and text messages, images, sounds and videos. The most “heavy” content such as images, sounds and video – Telecom operators and Internet companies must store six months. All of this information will also need to provide at the request of the security services.