Shortly after granting asylum to Edward Snowden the Russian government is set to establish its own system of Internet monitoring similar to the PRISM system that the NSA has. Russia’s Communication Ministry has drafted an order that would require all internet service providers to install monitoring equipment that would give the Federal Security Bureau (FSB), a branch of the government similar to America’s NSA, access to all traffic that come through their servers. Russian ISPs area already required to hand over names, telephone numbers and other identity information upon court order from the government however this new system will hand over all user internet traffic data including any from VoIP services such as Skype. The public was quick to voice their concerns but Putin is in strong support of this action and has recently stated that data surveillance is an acceptable measure if done within the law and that this will be used to “combat global terrorism”.
Contributed by: Aljosa Stojanovic