Vladimir Putin (the Russian President) has inked legislation that bars the sale of computers, smartphones, and Smart TVs without Russian apps installed by default. The law will go live from July 1st of 2020, but prior to that, the government will make a catalog of Russian apps that must be installed by default on different machines, as per media.
The law allegedly assists Russian developers better vie against the foreign tech companies that presently rules in the country. Proponents have also claimed it as a manner to spare unsophisticated consumers, comprising senior citizens, from the requirement to download apps.
On the other hand, the bill was condemned by electronic vendors, who claimed that they were never taken into discussion on it. Others fear that it can even force tech firms such as Apple out of the nation. “An obligation to include 3rd-party apps to Apple’s network can be equivalent to jailbreaking,” a source at Apple claimed to the media. “It might pose a security danger, and the firm cannot tolerate that type of danger.”
In addition to this, the law has stoked fears that Russia can employ apps to spy on its people. The country lately issued a “sovereign internet rule” that offers the government supremacy to ban access to internet content in any case it thinks to be an “emergency.” The media claimed that the web blocking bill “is not a good news for Russia and makes a dangerous example for other nation.” Relying on which applications the government forces on consumers, the same can apply to the newest bill.
On a related note, earlier Russia inked a law offering it the power to control the web. It inked another law barring the sale of smartphones, smart TVs, and computers that do not have Russian apps pre-installed, the media claimed.
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