The bill, tabled at the lower house of parliament on Thursday, Russian lawmakers want to make it a legal requirement for all smartphones, computers and smart TV sets sold in Russia to come pre-installed with certain Russian software in a bid to support domestic software producers, would allow authorities to draw up a list of mandatory, locally-made software. If approved, it would come into force in July 2020.
Russia’s cell-phone market is dominated by Apple, Samsung and Huawei products.
The bill also proposes fining companies that sell devices without pre-installed Russian software from 50,000 to 200,000 roubles (£630.94-£2,531.75) starting from January 2021.
The proposal will only become law if it is backed in three votes by the lower house of parliament and then approved by the upper house and President Vladimir Putin.
Russia has introduced stricter Internet laws in the last five years, which require search engines to eliminate some search results, messaging services to share encryption keys with security services and social networks to store user data on servers in the country.
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