KGB Will Control Internet Cafes

2007 2007-02-15T10:00:00+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”


From now on an owner of an Internet-Cafe or a person authorized by him is to keep a log of domain names of sites read by users. A log of domain names is to be stored for at least 12 months and if necessary given to officers of state security, law-enforcing and state inspection agencies. This demand in contained in a decree of Belarusian government ‘with the aim to regularize relations in the sphere of computer clubs and internet-cafй business’.

Besides, ‘in case a user is suspected of a computer crime’, the administration of an Internet-cafй is to inform relevant law-enforcing agencies immediately.

In line with the decree of the government, it is prohibited to ‘distribute information forbidden for distribution in public communications network’ in Internet-cafes, to ‘make attempts of unsanctioned access to informational systems of public-service communications networks’, and to ‘use software propagating cult of violence, cruelty, pornography’.

The relevant state agencies are to control the work of computer clubs and Internet-cafes which falls within their competence and their abiding by the new regulations.