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Microsoft says it will comply with any laws Russia adopts, including requirements to provide information about local Skype users

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Company response
27 January 2014

Microsoft's response

Author: Microsoft

The reporting about Microsoft’s position on this issue is inaccurate. Microsoft has not commented on draft legislation in the Russian State Duma or committed to share customer data with the Russian authorities. We have clear principles in responding to legal demands for customer information from governments around the world. In particular we review the applicability of any new local laws given that many of our internet services don’t store or process data locally.

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Article
16 January 2014

Skype agrees to share information with Russian authorities

Author: The Moscow Times

Microsoft said it will share information about the Russian users of its Skype service with law-enforcement agencies, if recent legislation requiring it to do so is approved. The U.S. software giant said it would comply with "any" laws that Russia adopts, including any requirements to provide information about the local users of its Skype voice-over-IP (VoIP) and online messaging service, Itar-Tass reported, citing a written statement from the company. Amendments to anti-terrorism laws that would oblige online communication service providers to store for six months "information about the reception, transferring, delivery and processing of voice information, written texts, images, sounds and any activities made by the users," and to supply that information to government agencies, were introduced to the State Duma on Wednesday...The specifics of which data would be recorded and shared was to be determined later by the government, if the bill is adopted.

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16 January 2014

Skype ready to share users' data with Russian police

Author: Voice of Russia

Microsoft Corporation that owns the Internet call service Skype is ready to keep in store its Russian users’ negotiations, correspondence and data exchange during six months and share it with the Russian police, if necessary, Microsoft’s press office said...A group of Russian deputies introduced a package of counter-terrorism amendments Wednesday that propose additional regulations, in particular, those in the communications industry. According to the document, an individual or a legal entity that has organized users’ contacts on the Internet are to store information about the reception, transmission, delivery and processing of voice information, texts, images, sounds or any other actions in the process of information dissemination and/or data exchange, for six months following such actions and share the mentioned information with the state authorities, if requested. If the bill is adopted, the government will determine which data are to be stored and provided. Negotiations via Skype with a Russian user will be regarded as a communication service provided inside Russia.

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