Russia may ban minors from public Wi-Fi

Russia's Communications and Press Ministry proposed banning anyone under the age of 18 from using public Wi-Fi networks, potentially making major food chains--such as Subway, McDonald's and Kofe Khaus--as well as all other public locations that provide free Wi-Fi responsible for policing users and enforcing the law. It is unclear whether Wi-Fi providers or owners of businesses offering their own Wi-Fi would be held responsible under the law, however it appears that locations failing to implement the proposed measure could be subject to a fine ranging from 20,000 rubles to 50,000 rubles ($640 to $1,600), according to the St. Petersburg Times. Maxim Ksenzov, a deputy director with the ministry's Federal Mass Media Inspection Service, known as Roskomnadzor, said the proposal is tied to an Internet restriction law that comes into effect Nov. 1 and will let the government to block Web pages that fit the law's definition of material harmful to child welfare. For more on Russia's proposed Wi-Fi ban, see this article.