Russia Warns Internet Giants to Hand Over Protesters’ Info or be Banned

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Many of Russia’s Cyber Laws Have Come Under President Vladimir Putin

Russia’s media watchdog has sent letters to Google, Facebook, and Twitter warning the companies to hand over protesters’ information to the government or face being banned in the nation.  According to Russian cyberspace laws, companies have to send in data on bloggers with more than 3,000 readers daily.

Facebook and Twitter had both previously refused to comply with the law, but that may change if they are faced with a ban.  A spokesman for the watchdog said companies’ encryption technology that prevents the Russian government from accessing the info promotes “unsanctioned protests and unrest.”

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