Russian Department of Mass Communications (Minkomsvyazi) in association with the representatives of the Internet industry came to a decision to establish five working groups that will be responsible for regulating Russian web space. In a short time Internet industry players will form the staff of these groups. In addition, the first meeting of the working group is scheduled to be held in the Department before the New Year. On the meeting the members will be discussing the plans to fight spam.
The scope of responsibilities of the working groups will cover Internet development in the regions, ecommerce, information security, spam control and personal data protection. According to the Department’s media service the working groups will be staffed with major participants of the Internet industry including Regional Public Center for Internet Technologies, Russian Association of Digital Communications, such companies as Mail.ru, WebMoney Transfer, RU-center, MoneyMail and others.
Russian Internet community welcomed the Department’s initiative finding the creation of working groups aimed at solving issues related to Internet development to be very urgent. Anna Artamonova, marketing and PR manager, Mail.Ru, says they think the move is worthwhile as long as it implies the improvement of Russian Internet sector with the direct participation of the players themselves. She said that Mail.Ru had already submitted their proposals to enforce liability for spam.
Earlier in June 2008 members of the State Duma (national parliament) scheduled to consider the draft bill on spam control. Its draftsman Sergey Kapkov, the first deputy chairman of the State Duma, responsible for information policy, information technologies and communications, proposed to impose limitations on mailing unsolicited messages with the liability enforced on the information agent to obtain the recipient’s consent otherwise the agent should be inflicted penalty of up to 200 thousand rubles. Still, the draft bill didn’t appear to be adopted.