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Russia’s FSB chief urges to establish global Internet laws

FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov believes that terrorists would lose "propaganda, recruitment, financing, communication" possibilities if the int'l community comes to a consensus on the issue

MOSCOW, April 18. /TASS/. Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) chief Alexander Bortnikov has called to establish international rules of conduct on the Internet, namely, to make encrypted messages on various messenger applications available to special services, he said during the Conference on Countering International Terrorism, held under the aegis of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly in St. Petersburg.

"Today, the placement of terrorist sources on foreign servers basically guarantees their invulnerability. Propaganda, recruitment, financing, communication, management - these are just some of the possibilities that the terrorists would lose, if the international community manages to come to a consensus on this issue and to act in a coordinated manner on the basis of universal legal standards," he stressed.

"The issue of using cryptography in communication programs has become especially important, as it has decreased the efficiency of operative-technical operations on counteracting terrorists," the FSB chief pointed out. "In order to resolve this issue, the Russian Federation has developed an initiative aimed at creating a trustworthy and transparent system of depositing encryption keys generated by mobile apps," Bortnikov said. The use of this system by the international community would create legal and technological means to obtain legal access to encrypted information significant to the special services, which the terrorists exchange from mobile devices, he added.