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Russia’s security service tells internet firms to hand over user data: The Bell – Source Reuters Tech News

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has ordered some of the country’s major internet companies to give it continuous access to their systems, The Bell investigative website reported late on Tuesday, citing three sources at the firms.

FILE PHOTO: Cars drive past the headquarters (C) of the Federal Security Service in central Moscow, May 14, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo

It said the measure would affect a string of Russian internet services that have been added to a list of entities obliged to hand over user data and messages to Russian law enforcement agencies on request.

The list, drawn up by Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor, contains more than 200 entities such as popular messenger service Telegram, some Yandex services, social network VK and classified advertisement website

Reuters was unable to immediately confirm the report.

The Bell said the orders, which the companies received last year, demanded they install…

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