After 180 days, all messengers will be required to identify their users by phone numbers of operators. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a government resolution approving the relevant rules last week. He believes that this is necessary for the safety and convenience of users.
The administrators of the messenger will check the information about the correctness of the number. The mobile operator is given 20 minutes to process the request from the Service.
Services will be available only to persons to whom the phone number is issued. In addition, mobile operators will enter information into their databases about which applications their customers are using.
According to the Head of Roskomnadzor Alexander Zharov, anonymous use of messengers prevents to investigate crimes. “The possibility of anonymous communication in messengers complicates the activities of Law Enforcement Agencies in the investigation of crimes.”
In turn, the experts were skeptical about the initiative. Thus, the Director of the Association of professional users of social networks and messengers Vladimir Zykov believes that foreigners may face problems with SIM-cards of their countries. In addition, illegal sale of SIM cards of foreign operators may begin.
According to citizens, the legalization of relations between messengers and operators will only lead to negative consequences: the increase in the price of tariffs, the disappearance of anonymity in messengers, the growth of hacker attacks.
In General, the Russians do not believe that these rules will work at all. As we remember, Roskomnadzor’s attempt to destroy Telegram led to the blocking of thousands of IP addresses and serious financial losses of innocent companies. And the messenger continued to work.