The Federal Security Service clarifies the aspects of users’ correspondence decoding

The Federal Security Service has issued a departmental order defining the procedure for transferring Internet correspondence decoding keys. Now the individuals and the legal entities who own Internet services enabling electronic correspondence are obliged to transfer the aforementioned keys to the intelligence services if the latter file an official written application. The keys are to be transferred as an e-mail or on a magnetic carrier sent by post. The Internet service owners can also provide the Federal Security Service with direct access to the needed information upon their sole discretion. This provision came into force on July 20, 2016. More details are available in the counter-terrorism package submitted by senator Victor Ozerov and Duma member Irina Yarovaya. If an Internet service owner refuses to provide access, it is subject to a fine of 1 000 000 rubles.