Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has issued an executive order that all smartphones and computers sold in the region from now on will have to come with preinstalled software that is likely to be in lines of Espionage software.
The legislation is said to take effect in July 2020 and will be aimed at promoting Russian software.
Details on this executive order are yet to be known. But some sources from Putin’s government say that the order is dubbed to be ‘Anti-Apple’ as the American Technology giant needs to forgo its string laws and start installing non-Apple software on its products.
From early 2020, the Russian government is said to release a list of products that will be affected by the law. Also, the Putin signed order will contain what type of software needs to be pre-installed before being shipped to Russia and sold to customers.
Vladimir Putin is intending to implement control on the tech sector and this likely happens to be the first step to do so.
Note 1- On November 1st, 2019, the Russian government stated that all ISPs operating in its region need to install only the routers and devices provided by the government. As Putin led the nation wants to enable centralized control of web traffic in the scenario.
Note 2- If in case, the order turns into reality, then some companies like Apple might restrict their sales in Russia as the new law goes against its business and operational ethics.