The State Duma may decriminalize the use of third-party Android firmware

The State Duma on Thursday will consider in the first reading a bill that will eliminate criminal responsibility for the use of unofficial firmware for mobile devices and will introduce the corresponding article into the administrative code.

The State Duma
The State Duma

According to the amendments adopted in 2015, loading into technical equipment of control programs that are not provided by the manufacturer, as well as those not certified by state control bodies, is punishable by a fine of up to 200 thousand rubles or imprisonment for up to two years.

The authors of the law, which assumes the transfer of responsibility for this violation to the administrative plane, in the explanatory note indicate that the analysis of law enforcement practice under this law revealed a large number of cases brought against citizens who did not pursue the goal of damaging state interests, but only sought to improvement of consumer qualities of their devices. In this regard, it is proposed to exclude the relevant paragraph from the criminal article on unlawful operating with special means and to include the corresponding article in the Administrative Code, excluding from it imprisonment and reducing the fine to individuals by half.


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