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Technology Want to sell that phone in Russia? Install these apps first, Putin says

18:40  04 december  2019
18:40  04 december  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed legislation requiring all smartphones, computers and smart TV sets sold in the country to come pre- installed with Russian software. The law has been presented as a way to help Russian IT firms compete with foreign companies and spare consumers

Putin wants Russian apps to be pre- installed with devices that will go on sale in Russia . This is being done to make those applications more The bill is put forward to help Russian software companies thrive by promoting their products on the devices sold in the domestic market and try to

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Monday that will require manufactures of smartphones, computers, and Smart TVs to install Russian software on them before they can be sold in the country.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with journalists shortly after his annual televised phone-in with the nation in Moscow on June 20, 2019. (Photo by Yuri KADOBNOV / AFP)© YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/AFP via Getty Images Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with journalists shortly after his annual televised phone-in with the nation in Moscow on June 20, 2019. (Photo by Yuri KADOBNOV / AFP)

The move has raised concerns over state surveillance and prompted fears that companies could pull out of the Russian market.

It isn't known yet which apps will make the list and for what purposes they will be used.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed legislation requiring all smartphones, computers and smart TV sets sold in the country to come pre- installed with Russian software. Some electronics retailers say the legislation was adopted without consulting them.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed off on the law requiring most electronics sold in the country to be pre-bundled with domestically produced software. Vendors who don't install software from a Russian developer will face a cash fine.

The legislation states the Russian government will come up with a list of the Russian software that would need to be installed before sale.

Apple, Samsung, and Huawei are among some of the manufacturers that would be impacted.

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov suggested the move was taken to help Russian developers compete, stating to Russia's state news agency TASS that the bill was targeting "antitrust activity." But the Association of Trading Companies and Manufacturers of Electrical Household and Computer Equipment, known by its acronym RATEK, warned that some tech firms may simply pull out of the Russian market.

The law, which some have dubbed the "law against Apple" since the company has a firm policy of selling products with third-party apps pre-installed, is expected to come into effect in July 2020.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed legislation requiring all smartphones, computers and smart TV sets sold in the country to come pre- installed with Russian software. The country’s mobile phone market is dominated by foreign companies including Apple, Samsung and Huawei.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed legislation requiring all smartphones, computers and smart TV sets sold in The law, which will come into force on July 1 next year, has been met with resistance by some electronics retailers, who say the legislation was adopted without consulting them.

Russia has taken a number of steps in recent months towards creating its own, independent internet.

In May, Putin signed into law new measures that would enable the creation of a national network that is able to operate separately from the rest of the world. The network remained largely theoretical at the time, with few practical details disclosed.

That law followed a package of legislation that aimed at curtailing internet freedom by allowing authorities to jail individuals for those who insult government officials online or spread misinformation.

Homegrown technologies have also come under pressure in Russia, too. Last year, encrypted messaging app Telegram was banned in the country, and an intense blocking campaign was launched against it as users attempted to bypass the restrictions.

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