Roskomnadzor has blocked the app-a walkie-talkie for smartphones Zello, heavily used by truckers protesting against the system “Platon”, for communication and coordination. About initiation limit access to the services of the company Zello Inc. – application developer reported on Monday, April 10, on the website of the Ministry.
“Roskomnadzor initiated the procedure of restricting access to information systems of the company Zello Inc. The company within the statutory period did not provide information for inclusion in the register of the organizers of the dissemination of information, ignoring the requirements of the Supervisory authority”, – is spoken in the message.
Within five working days from the date of receipt of the request of the organizer Roskomnadzor dissemination of information is obliged to send to the Supervisory service of the notice containing the required information. From the company Zello Inc. notice the deadline has not arrived. March 15, 2017 to the company was sent a notice of failure to perform duties of the organizer of the dissemination of information and determined a 15-day deadline for their execution, again the answer has not followed.
In accordance with the Federal law “on information, information technologies and protection of information” operators to restrict access to the services of Zello Inc. on the territory of Russia. Access will be closed to the site zello.com and Zello.
Roskomnadzor has sent the Russian communications operators the requirement about blocking the app, they must carry it during the day, told RBC representative of the Supervisory authority Vadim Ampelonskiy.
Founder Zello considers the requirement of article of the law is absurd from a technical point of view and refuses to comply with them
Zello is a cross – platform application that emulates the radio on the smartphone, it allows you to create channels of communication and not be distracted from the road for a set of messages. About the upcoming applock previously reported in Twitter Zello, a blog on the website of the company published recommendations to users.
As stated in the blog, the number of active users Zello in Russia is over 400 thousand people and our free app is used daily for mutual aid drivers on the roads, search and rescue operations, taxi services, assistance for citizens, law enforcement agencies, the organization of peaceful protests, public discussions-important topics, finding friends and socializing.
The founder of Zello, Alexey Gavrilov, said that article 10.1 was added to the law 149 “On information, information technologies and about information protection” 5 may 2014, sets out a number of unrealistic conditions for “organizers of information distribution in the Internet”, in particular the requirement to keep for six months copies of all communications, as well as “to ensure the possibility of eavesdropping of messages” and “provide law enforcement authorities the encryption keys necessary to decode any messages”. Under this intentionally broad definition includes all social networks, instant messengers, email providers and even online forums.
“The formal reason of the adoption of this law has been declared, the fight against terrorism, but in fact it can be used to selectively block any unwanted Internet service. Earlier, citing the law was blocked by the social network Linkedin, another goal is Zello, tomorrow may be blocked by Twitter, Facebook or Telegram” – said Gavrilov.
According to him the requirements of article “is not only absurd from a technical point of view, but also contrary to the principles Zello, so we’re not going to perform.” Gavrilov asked users to support the application by sending a complaint to Roskomnadzor.
Journalists previously linked a possible lock with the pressure to which are subjected to striking drivers. In Dagestan, where the campaign became the most widespread, rally truckers blocked the National guard. Protesters complain about the provocation, organized by persons acting in the interests of the authorities, including shooting from a traumatic weapons, which was started to justify the use of force against protesters.
5 April in Moscow has been detained the leader of the Dagestani Rustam truckers of Maramagambo at the exit from the press conference for the strike. The same day he was released from police without charges.