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Roscomnadzor’s Priority Objectives Identified by its Head A. Zharov

April 20, 2015

Mr. Alexander Zharov, Head of the Federal Service for Supervising Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media Sectors (Roscomnadzor), delivered a report at an extended meeting of the agency’s Board on Monday April 20.

The Head of Roscomnadzor identified the agency’s priority objectives for 2015 and the longer term.

President Vladimir Putin said in his Address to the RF Federal Assembly, Mr. A. Zharov recalled, that it was necessary to move away from the principle of total and limitless supervision. “In fact, the objective set is to modify the supervisory model. The main idea is to reduce administrative pressure on business entities. I am pleased to say that for several years now our Service has been following that path in a consistent and systemic manner”, the Head of Roscomnadzor pointed out.

For example, times for providing licensing-related public services will be shortened, mainly through broader use of online communications with applicants.

Another priority of Roscomnadzor is to optimize its monitoring and supervisory work, including steps to reduce loads on market agents and adoption of a risked model for planning and performing supervision activities.

Mr. А. Zharov explained that monitoring and supervisory activities should be promoted by a new Federal Law currently being drafted by a working group led by the Ministry of Economic Development. It is intended to promote adoption of a risked supervision model: entities to be supervised will be categorized by degree of risk posed by their violations to Russia’s economy and citizens, and supervision will be planned and performed with due regard for the risk categories.

Roscomnadzor is actively participating in the drafting of that law.

Also, Mr. A. Zharov said, work must be continued to enhance the stability and information security of Russia’s public communication network. That includes development of a system to monitor telecom service quality.

A telecom service quality methodology has been approved and used in monitoring activities in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Krasnodar, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, and Khabarovsk. It is planned to take measurements in major cities of practically all the constituent regions of Russia, including Simferopol and Sevastopol, in 2015. Measurement results are published on a dedicated website at: Качествосвязи.рф.

Work to counter the use of news media and the Web for extremist activities was also identified by Mr. A. Zharov as a top priority of Roscomnadzor.

That work will become especially topical in 2016, when regional and Federal elections will be held in Russia. “Information acts aimed at destabilizing the situation in the country cannot be ruled out, so we should improve and make effective use of all legal methods and means of countering extremist acts in the media”, Mr. A. Zharov pointed out.

Another priority has to do with the Federal Law On Storage of Russian Citizens’ Personal Data in the Territory of the Russian Federation (Federal Law No. 242-FZ), which will become effective on 1 September 2015. Mr. A. Zharov issued an order to prepare a new list of violators of personal data owners’ rights by 15 August 2015.

The Head of Roscomnadzor also reminded the Board that the scope of anti-piracy laws would be extended to include books, music, and software products on 1 May 2015. Roscomnadzor has made the necessary preparations and is all set to cooperate with the Moscow City Court and the Web user community in the new areas of protecting intellectual property rights in the Web, Mr. A. Zharov pointed out.

 

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Time of the publication: 20.04.2015 11:10
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