Catalin Cimpanu reports that experts believe that the explanation for Russia’s new “internet sovereignty” law is just a pretext for mass surveillance:
The Kremlin government cited the need to have the ability to disconnect Russia’s cyberspace from the rest of the world in the event of a national emergency or foreign threat, such as a cyberattack.
In order to achieve these goals, the law mandates that all local ISPs route traffic through special servers managed by the Roskomnadzor, the country’s telecoms regulator.
The law’s true purpose is to create a legal basis to force ISPs to install deep-packet inspection equipment on their networks and force them to re-route all internet traffic through Roskomnadzor strategic chokepoints.
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