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Minister of Communications and Mass Communications does not preclude the blocking of Viber

Minister of Communications and Mass Communications does not preclude the blocking of Viber

Minister of Communications and Mass Communications does not preclude the blocking of Viber

Messenger Viber may be blocked in Russia following Telegram, if you do not provide in the case of receiving FSB, the keys to decrypt the correspondence of the users. This was stated in an interview with TASS the Minister Nikolai Nikiforov.

"This is a question for the Federal Security Service, because of the powers in the FSB. If they have problems with the provision of encryption keys, they can go to court".

Nikolay Nikiforov, Minister of Telecommunications and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation

The Minister made this statement answering the question whether the restriction of access to Viberus by analogy with the messenger of Pavel Durov.

Roskomnadzor has taken steps to block the messenger Telegram of April 16, but many users in Russia, the service is still running, albeit intermittently. The Agency takes a court decision on the Roskomnadzor in connection with the refusal of the administration of the Telegram to give the Federal Security Service encryption keys from the correspondence of several users.

To provide security services in the presence of a court order keys sifrovania services, included in the register of organisers of dissemination of information, obliges the law. However, no Viber, no WhatsApp, no Facebook Messenger in the registry are not included. In November 2017, the head of Roskomnadzor, Alexander Zharov, said that the Agency has money launches on this issue, however "while there is no urgent request for inclusion in the registry". Different approaches to the regulation of the same services, the official did not explain.

If the VBB would be included in the register, YELL, and then the FSB would require the administration of the Japanese Rakuten service keys for decryption of correspondence, all would end with a lock. Viber uses for cryptographic protection of chats through (end-to-end) encryption, where the keys are stored solely on user devices and is not available as correspondence, administration.

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