Russia tightens control of anonymous messenger apps, Telecom News, ET Telecom

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MOSCOW: Tightening its control over well-liked anonymous chat apps, the Russian authorities has accepted rules that might determine customers by their cellphone numbers.

The measures signed Tuesday by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev are half of Russia’s strikes to clamp down on smartphone messenger Companies, akin to Telegram, that authorities declare are utilized by criminals and terrorists.

Mobile telephone community operators might be required to verify the authenticity of a consumer’s telephone numbers inside 20 minutes. If a quantity can’t be verified, messenger Companies are required to dam customers from their platforms.

The Russian authorities can even require community operators to maintain observe of which messenger apps their customers have registered for.

The decree goes into impact after 180 days.

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