The rector of RTU MIREA (Russian Technological University, formerly the Moscow Institute of Radio Engineering, Electronics and Automation) Stanislav Kudzh proposed to oblige domestic mobile app stores to mark VPN services with an 18+ sign. He sent a letter with his initiative to the head of the Ministry of Digital Development Maksut Shadayev.
Kuj also proposes to oblige developers of VPN services to warn about the potential possibility of transferring user data to a third party. That is, put a mark “Contains threats to information security”, write “Izvestia” August 4th.
According to the rector of RTU MIREA, such markings will reduce the risks of leakage of personal data on the Internet, increase the level of information literacy and hygiene of Russians, and also protect minors from a number of threats. He noted that in addition to the ability to access blocked social networks, VPN applications also allow you to visit sites with “destructive content” that is especially dangerous for children and teenagers.
As previously reported in Roskomnadzor, within the framework of the law on the “sovereign” Runet in Russia work is underway to block VPN services, helping to bypass blocking of content recognized as prohibited in the country. Over a dozen popular services were blocked last year. Roskomnadzor allows the use of these applications only by companies on the so-called white list, which have previously informed the agency that they need VPNs in their work.