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Tighter control over mobile phone users

Tighter control over mobile phone users

State Duma has recently started to review a legislative draft whereby legal entities would be obliged to disclose information about users of corporate SIM-cards.

The draft provides for a fine for non-compliance, which may amount up to 50K RUB for individual entrepreneurs and up to 70K RUB for legal entities, or up to 200K RUB for a repeated violation. The reason for such initiative could be the increasing number of terrorist attack attempts.

Control over telecom providers and subscribers is being intensified in other areas as well. Central Bank has introduced another legal draft whereby mobile operators are to provide information about SIM-card holders to commercial banks, thus making it possible to create a single database. Such information exchange could help to improve fraud protection.