Putin signs law on Web site black lists

President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a bill on protecting children from information damaging their health and development, and other regulatory acts, the Kremlin has reported.

The bill was passed by the State Duma on July 11 2012 and upheld by the Federation Council on July 18.

The law aims to protect children from information that could damage their health and development, and also proposes amendments to other laws, including the Law on Communication, and the Law on Information, Information Technologies and Protection of Information.

The law details the rules for posting products on the Internet that could damage children's health and development, as well as the signs or text messages saying that access to this information must be restricted among children's audiences of a certain age.

The law also regulates the dissemination of information via telecommunications systems, including the Internet and other places accessible to children.

The parties providing access to the Internet, except telecommunications operators extending their services under a written contract, must take administrative, organizational, technical and software measures to protect children from damaging information.

In order to restrict access to websites carrying banned information, a single register of domain names, links and net addresses will be formed, that will help identify the website carrying banned information.

The new law adjusts the rules of conducting expert assessment of information products. The right to initiate assessments of information will be given to legal entities, individual entrepreneurs and public organizations without permission from the authorized federal body.

The law was published by the Rossiiskaya Gazeta on Monday.

The provisions dealing with the Single Register will take effect on November 1 2012, and the others on the day of publication.

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