Belarus Made Foreign Sites IllegalAdded: Saturday, January 14th, 2012
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Starting this year it has appeared illegal for Belarus citizens to visit foreign sites. Belarus Internet users found guilty of violating this law risk facing penalties of up to $125.
According to the new legislation, firms and individuals registered as entrepreneurs have to use only domestic domains in their operations for offering Internet services, carrying out sales, and even exchanging email messages. In other words, business requests from Belarus simply can’t be served over the web if the Internet service provider is using services from outside the country. Meanwhile, the tax authorities, along with the police and secret police, are tasked to initiate, investigate, and prosecute such infringements.
In addition, the new legislation says that the owners and administrators of the Internet cafés and other places providing access to the web might be found guilty of infringing the law. Therefore, the owners can be fined and their businesses might be closed if users of online services provided by these entities appear to visit sites located outside of Belarus and if these cases of violation aren’t properly identified, recorded, and reported to the government. The legislation says that such provision may even apply to ordinary citizens if they let other people to use their home PCs for browsing the web.
Considering the provisions of this new legislation, which was implemented on the 6th of January, the stand of the Belarusian Government regarding the freedom of its people became too clear for everyone – that’s actually a blatant form of filtering and the industry observers from all over the world are at least very curious about its unfolding in the future. It seems that the 21 century is just not here for all of the countries yet.
Meanwhile, the experts reckon that such measures will only cause foreign sites filtering access from the Republic of Belarus. For instance, if someone from Belarus suddenly purchases something from Amazon, which isn’t exactly a Belarusian organization and thus isn’t registered in the country, the transaction automatically becomes illegal. As a result, the Belarusian Attorney General could simply send a note to Amazon notifying it that it’ infringing the national law and might be sued.
January 14th,2012Posted by:
Saturday, January 14th, 2012
|posted by (2012-01-14 15:00:22)|
|Seriously, what is going on with the world today?|
|I wonder if they're going to charge their own Foreign Affairs department if they receive an email from a foreign country ... like their own Ambassadors? I can GUARANTEE that their embassies don't use a Belarus ISP for their Internet access, and so they don't have the required filters in place, and therefore are in violation of Belarus law.|
Let's see how fast they modify this law when foreign trade starts to dry up (both Export AND Import), and foreign ISP's start to cut the service to Belarus Embassies to comply with their laws.
|posted by (2012-01-14 17:32:54)|
|WTF is this ?|
|posted by (2012-01-14 19:09:50)|
|W o W will the goverment madness never end ? ?|
|posted by (2012-01-14 19:20:06)|
|LMAO if the country stupid enough to let there government do it then tough luck to them.|
|posted by (2012-01-14 19:46:53)|
|WTF IS THIS|
|Plans are being checked to not allow it through the Dumas atm|
|posted by (2012-01-15 18:14:20)|
|wonder what the internet users do when the clowns that run Belarus force Google and Yahoo and E Bay and Amazon etc to shut down and leave the clown led Country of Belarus; can t wait for updates.|
|posted by (2012-01-16 00:01:07)|
|Belarus govt is a full of barbarians probably. I wonder what is the number of Belarus citizens using internet|
|posted by (2012-01-16 08:58:50)|
|What would you expect from one of the 1st countries to join the former USSR. Can't let freedom and democracy get out of hand. Keep the people stupid, keep them in control.||
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