Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft

Systema operativno-rozysknykh meropriyatii

[Ich verstehe die Aufregung nicht. Die russischen Bedarfstraeger ziehen doch nur das durch, was "unsere" Bundesregierung anno 1998 auch in Deutschland fuer gut und richtig zu halten schien. ;-)]

18 February 1999. TTA.


The St. Petersburg Times, No. 441, Tuesday, 16 February 1999

FSB Sets Sights on Internet Control

By Jen Tracy Staff Writer

Free-range monitoring of the Internet by Russia's Federal Security Service, or FSB, may soon be as easy as clicking a mouse - a situation that has local service providers forecasting both the demise of their businesses and the complete loss of private electronic correspondence for St. Petersburg's 50,000 Internet users.

In fact, industry analysts and providers say, the only thing standing between the FSB and unlimited access to Internet correspondence is a little matter of who picks up the check for the necessary technology. If the FSB has its way, a regulation currently pending approval in the federal Justice Ministry will soon have the service providers themselves paying for the very upgrades that will leave their clients vulnerable to unchecked and unwelcome surveillance.

The regulation, SORM-2, is an addition to SORM-1 (Systema operativno-rozysknykh meropriyatii, or System of Ensuring Investigative Activity) - a regulation, already in place in Russia, which allows the FSB to monitor telecommunications transmissions provided it obtains and shows a warrant to providers.

SORM-2, if enacted, will add insult to injury - from the perspective of Internet Service Providers, or ISPs - by not only allowing FSB agents to receive information without first showing a warrant, but also passing to ISPs the cost of the technical upgrades required to establish "hotlines" automatically bouncing information directly to FSB computers. Such upgrades, analysts say, will not only set ISPs back thousands of dollars a month but will likely decimate their client base as well.


Copyright 1999 The St. Petersburg Times.