A new children protecting law comes into force today

A law protecting children from information "harmful to their health and development" entered into force in Russia on Thursday to restrict the access to illegal Internet content.

From now on website owners and hosting providers shall remove illegal information not only under a court order but also by demand of the Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications, the Federal Drug Control Service and the Federal Consumer Rights and Healthcare Supervisory Service. If that is not done, the access to the illegal and harmful content and, most probably, to the entire website will be blocked by Internet providers.

Automatic filtering of Internet content will not start on November 1 due to the shortage of by-laws. "The regulation on interaction of Internet and hosting providers and the register of websites containing illegal information endorsed by the Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications has temporary validity (until the adoption of normative legal acts).

It enabled the Internet community to prepare for the new rules, which became valid on November 1, 2012, regulated the activity of Federal Service officials and assisted in the elaboration of algorithms of interaction between hosting providers and communication operators," the Federal Service said last week.

Automatic operation of the system requires its upgrading with the participation of vendors, and operators will be able to formulate requirements specification only after the Federal Service approves final rules, a telecom operator representative told Interfax.

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