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Take Everything and Filter It Well

19 November 2012 

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The newspaper Izvestia reports that the first reading of a bill to amend the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation by introducing a penalty for failure to comply with the law on the blacklisting of websites was to take place on November 20th in the State Duma. The bill would provide for fines of up to 15,000 roubles for anyone providing unfiltered access to the Internet for children.

A fortnight after the law on black lists of Internet sites entered into force, the State Duma has taken steps to establish legal penalties for violating the law.

“In places where children have access to the Internet, the persons providing the Internet service must take the necessary steps – hardware, software, organizational or administrative - to prevent children from coming into contact with online material that could be damaging for their health and development”, explained Elena Mizulina, the co-author of the legislation and its amendments, in an interview with Izvestia.

“If a little café is providing unfiltered access to the Internet, then only adults or children under adult supervision can have access with a password. However, if we are talking about free wifi access somewhere such as on the Moscow metro, which is accessible to anyone, then obviously this needs to be filtered so that children cannot have access to dangerous websites.”

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