MOSCOW, August 8 (RAPSI) - The Russian Government has given instructions to require public Wi-Fi user identification. The directive was published in the official regulatory database, RIA Novosti reports.

The regulation says network operators will have to identify users by IDs. The identification data is to be stored for at least six months.

Currently, free Wi-Fi networks are widely available in cafes, restaurants, other public places, at public transport stops and in the metro systems of big cities.

The regulation does not specify a reason for the passport identification of internet users.