The Ministry of communications has proposed to link the access to public Wi-Fi networks through public services
The Ministry of communications and mass communications of the Russian Federation invited the regions to provide users with access to the Internet using a public Wi-Fi network only after authorization on the portal of public services. This became known from the Protocol of the Subcommission for using information technology in the public services of government Commission on it. Representatives of the Ministry of communications said that the way they want to promote a Uniform system of identification and authentication (ESIA) used in the access portal.
Starting from 2014 the owners of public Wi-Fi networks to identify subscribers connecting. Then the Ministry of communications of Russia has prepared and coordinated with the FSB and the Ministry of economic development changes in the rules of rendering of communication services for which the operator can identify the user’s mobile phone number, identity document, or by using ESIA. In the latter stores all basic information about users, including names, passport data, reports of traffic fines, data, electronic medical records, and more.
Today, the operators certify the identity of the user according to the phone number requesting it at check-in Wi-Fi network. But in some places, such as Moscow metro, identification is carried out using ESIA. The purpose of the Ministry of communications is to popularize this method of authentication instead of using the mobile phone number.
According to General Director of the analytical company “TMT Consulting” Konstantin Ankilova, most public Wi-Fi networks uses the registration number, as not all residents of the Russian Federation was in the ESIA. As of the end of August, the number of users is about 55,5 million.
While check-in Wi-Fi networks through the IAIS is purely Advisory in nature, so expect major changes in the near future is not worth it.