Russian is Collecting Encryption Keys as “Anti-Terrorism” Legislation Goes into Effect

Russia has started collecting encryption keys from internet companies that will decrypt unreadable data on the internet Tuesday. Russia’s Federal Security Service announced that they finally have the capabilities to do so on the web, but was not announced publicly.

Last month, Russia passed a “sweeping surveillance bill” that requires backdoor access to encrypted data. The bill specifically mentioned WhatsApp, Viber, and Telegram. Any refusal to cooperate will result in a 1 million rubles fine, which equals out to around $15,000 USD.

To date, none of the companies mentioned have commented on the situation.

Some two weeks ago, Vladimir Putin commanded the FSB to produce the encryption keys. The new law has been labeled as one of the most extreme in the global fight over encryption and surveillance. Another reason it’s being labeled as extreme is because of the lack of transparency from the Russian Federal Government, and businesses in Russia.

“It’s important, but we don’t know what FSB actually suggested yet,” Russian technologist Anton Nesterov told the Daily Dot by Email.

No one seems to know what the law means, and the people who do know exactly, aren’t saying anything at all. We know so little, that Nesterov compiled a list of

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