Facebook Instagram Bans Group Self Advocacy in FreeSpeech Hypocrisy Move

grarpamp grarpamp at gmail.com
Thu Mar 28 19:21:02 PDT 2019


Russia banning everything...

During the past few days, telecoms watch Roscomnadzor says it sent
compliance notifications to 10 major VPN services with servers inside
Russia -- NordVPN, ExpressVPN, TorGuard, IPVanish, VPN Unlimited,
VyprVPN, Kaspersky Secure Connection, HideMyAss!, Hola VPN, and
OpenVPN. The government agency is demanding that the affected services
begin interfacing with the FGIS database, blocking the sites listed
within. Several other local companies -- search giant Yandex, Sputnik,
Mail.ru, and Rambler -- are already connected to the database and
filtering as required.

"In accordance with paragraph 5 of Article 15.8 of the Federal Law No.
149-FZ of 27.07.2006 'On Information, Information Technology and on
Protection of Information' hereby we are informing you about the
necessity to get connected to the Federal state informational system
of the blocked information sources and networks [FGIS] within thirty
working days from the receipt [of this notice]," the notice reads. A
notice received by TorGuard reveals that the provider was indeed given
just under a month to comply. The notice also details the consequences
for not doing so, i.e being placed on the blacklist with the rest of
the banned sites so it cannot operate in Russia. The demand from
Roscomnadzor sent to TorGuard and the other companies also requires
that they hand over information to the authorities, including details
of their operators and places of business. The notice itself states
that for foreign entities, Russian authorities require the full entity
name, country of residence, tax number and/or trade register number,
postal and email address details, plus other information.

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