FSB demands detailed personal information on Russians using social networks

To Inform is to Influence

‘The Motherland Hears You’ by popular Russian artist Vasya Lozhkin. (A satirical depiction of omnipresent domestic surveillance by Russian security services, such as the FSB, police, tax revenue enforcement, etc.)

By Paul Goble

In its effort to gain control over social networks, an effort that is likely to fall short given various workarounds available to Internet savvy users, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) is demanding that by next year, instant messenger services and social networks provide it with the kind of personal data that most people prefer to keep secret to avoid identity theft.

The draft order, which has been issued by the communications ministry and is slated to take effect next July, will require these services to provide the following information about each user:

  • User name
  • Full real name
  • Date of birth
  • Exact Address
  • Passport number
  • List of relatives
  • Friends list
  • Contacts list
  • List of all foreign languages spoken

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