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(Apr 02, 2008) On February 26, 2008, the Federal Security Service (knows as the FSB, successor to the former Soviet KGB) issued permits to two major Russian cellular telephone service providers allowing them to work with encrypted electronic communications. This means that Blackberry phones, whose use was previously prohibited in Russia, can now be imported and sold within the country. The original permit allows each company to import no more than 1,000 Blackberry devices. The ban was imposed because, contrary to Russian law, which provides for unrestricted access of Russian special services to electronic messages of individuals, the producer of Blackberry phones, the Canadian firm Research in Motion, refused to disclose the encryption keys for message decoding. A compromise was reached when Russian cell phone operators agreed in November 2007 to open access to their servers to the Federal Security Service. (FSB Permitted Import of Blackberry Smartphones into Russia, NEWSLINE, Feb. 26, 2008.)

Author: Peter Roudik More by this author
Topic: Communications More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Russia More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 04/02/2008