Federal law on the Wi-Fi in Russia

Initially, the Wi-Fi technology was focused on organization of access points to the Internet for mobile users. This technology provides access to the Internet for subscribers especially in public places. Gradually Wi-Fi network has spread to large and small offices to corporate networks or subnets.

The advantages of wireless access are obvious and Wi-Fi technology has become the de facto standard among manufacturers of devices. Almost any modern mobile and multimedia devices have a useful function, such as Wi-Fi, but unfortunately, public Wi-Fi can be a dangerous tool in the hands of criminals.

The legislation of the Russian Federation

May 28, 2015 on the Federal portal of projects of normative legal acts of the Russian Federation was published the draft law prepared by the Ministry of communications and mass communications of the Russian Federation on amendments to the Federal law "On communications" and the Code of administrative offences (Cao), which proposed to establish administrative liability for legal entities and individual entrepreneurs for organizing a public Wi-Fi networks that did not provide user identification and user equipment.

Penalties and liabilities

According to this document, the penalties for individual entrepreneurs should be from five thousand to fifty thousand rubles for legal entities - from one hundred thousand to two hundred thousand roubles. Repeated violation of the legislation on Wi-Fi in public areas by individual entrepreneurs will result in a fine from ten thousand to hundred thousand roubles or disqualification for the term up to three years, while legal persons - a fine from two hundred thousand to three hundred thousand rubles.

The bill, which was developed in the Ministry of communications of Russia jointly with the Ministry of internal Affairs of Russia, FSB of Russia and the Ministry of economic development proposes to oblige all legal entities and individual entrepreneurs to provide free Internet access in public areas only if there is an agreement with your service provider about the user authentication. For violation of the procedure of identification, it is proposed to establish administrative responsibility, beginning with the first quarter of 2016.

The failure of the subscriber authentication procedure of a user to a public wifi point is a violation of the terms of the contract on rendering of telematic communication services and may lead to the termination of the operator contract on rendering services on access to the Internet for violations of its provisions.

Identification methods

The Russian Federation Government resolution №758 dated 31.07.2014 "On amendments to certain acts of the government of the Russian Federation in connection with adoption of the Federal law "On amendments to the Federal law "On information, information technologies and about information protection" and certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation on streamlining the exchange of information using information and telecommunication networks" introduced the mandatory identification of users (name) and their equipment, connected to a Wi-Fi network (MAC address).

PP of the Russian Federation No. 801 of August 12, 2014 expanded the possibilities of identification of subscribers of public networks. As a result, the operators had the opportunity to use to identify not only the passport of the citizen, or the mobile phone number, but to identify it with the help of data ESIA (Unified system of identification and authentication) or using the login and password on the website of the state services of the Russian Federation.

Currently, by law, is allowed the following methods of identification:

  • according to the document proving the identity;
  • the mobile phone number;
  • with an account on the portal of state services (ESIA).

I want to note that the identification of the user by logging in social networks is not provided by the current legislation, this is because when registering on social networks do not exist methods to uniquely identify (name) of the user.


We over four years to provide services identification of users in public Wi-Fi networks in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation, during this time, we managed to secure from the penalties many individual entrepreneurs and legal entities.

Our company has all the necessary rights for the provision of telematic communication services in the territory of the Russian Federation.


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