The Human Rights Council criticizes the requirement to archive cell phone users’ conversations

The Human Rights Council has criticized the set of counter-terrorism acts, including the one obligating network carriers to keep a log of users’ calls and correspondence for three years.

According to human rights activists, the suggestion coined by senator Victor Ozerov and Duma member Irina Yarovaya is a direct threat to information security and infringes personal privacy.

The new law pre-supposes that the full specter of information is to be stored, including the contents of text and audio messages. At the moment, this information is stored without any decoding and without its contents.

The human rights campaigners also see difficulties in the amendments’ implementation. For instance, if a person wants to delete an email from the server, s/he can’t do it simply because the server is obliged to store this information even without a user’s consent. As a result, the servers overload will lead to lower levels of data protection, which will in turn foster cybercrimes.

The association of electronic traders and leading network carriers are pretty negative about those amendments, too. MTS said that proper arrangements for storing information for three years excluding operational costs will cost more than the whole company’s annual turnover, which was 391.2 billion rubles in 2015. This situation will not further industrial development and new technological implementations.

The same arrangements would cost 30.99 billion dollars for Vympelkom and 20.8 billion dollars for Megafon.