MOSCOW, October 5 (RAPSI) – Member of Russia’s Civic Chamber Commission on Development of Information Community, Mass Media, and Mass Communications Yekaterina Mizulina on Monday stated that it is needed to prohibit foreign IT companies to use for advertising purposes, store, and transfer to third parties personal data of minors.

It is very important to consider a move prohibiting foreign IT companies to operate in this way with personal data of children under 14 years of age, who belong to an especially vulnerable group; it is very dangerous for them if their data get in hands of dubious persons, Mizulina said.

The Civic Chamber members also believes digital literacy lessons need to be organized in schools as it is very important to make clear to children the risks and problems they may encounter when using their gadgets and the internet. That is why, Mizulina stresses, such lessons need to be introduced in school programs on the permanent basis.

Earlier, the State Duma Committee on Information Policy in cooperation with Russia’s communications watchdog Roskomnadzor has launched the development of a bill introducing responsibility for censoring Russian nationals and companies on the Internet.