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Microsoft Agreed To Hand Over the Skype User Data To Russia

Microsoft said on Thursday that it's prepared to share information about Skype users with the Russian authorities if required by law.

The tech company "confirmed its commitment to work in full compliance with the Russian law," according to Voice of Russia.
Russian lawmakers introduced amendments to a package of counterterrorism bills that would require online communication service providers like Microsoft to store "information about the reception, transferring, delivery and processing of voice information, written texts, images, sounds and any activities made by the users" for up to six months.

Russia's leading search engine, Yandex, has expressed some reservations, saying such regulations would come with a hefty price tag.The amendments are part of Russia's attempts to crank up counterterrorism activities in the run-up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi next month.

The usual constitutional concerns that might (theoretically) limit Microsoft's obliging attitude towards the Russian's counter-terrorism efforts. Every Russian Skype user will have their data stored for six months and handed over to the police whenever they ask for it.

Irina Yarovaya, the head of the State Duma's security committee who was involved with both the amendments and the security forces bill, said, "We need strong measures to punish and defend against those who would commit terrorist acts."

The Russian agencies decide they need more data, or want to extend the length of time the data is stored, Microsoft has already agreed to honor any future law targeting its Skype users.




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