Russia’s new surveillance laws are stupid and will cost billions to enforce


On Thursday, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed new laws that will see internet and telecom service providers collect users’ private information, store it for up to three years and hand it over to the government on request. In addition, calls, texts, photos, and internet activity will have to be stored for six months; encrypted messaging services like WhatsApp will have to hand over decryption keys to government agencies or face hefty fines. With that, Russia is set to turn into a full-blown surveillance state. There’s really no sense in going forward with a plan like this: the US National Security…

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