Donetsk, Sep 27 – DAN. The DPR Ministry of Communications has clarified its recommendation to collect and store user data issued earlier to internet providers.

"The Ministry has issued a recommendation letter to internet operators on collecting and storage of user data. The recommendation was issued due to numerous requests from law enforcement authorities," the ministry explained.

The letter is dated September 21, and it suggests internet providers should collect and store user basic information: name, last name, patronymic, e-mail address and contact phone number; web sessions data allowing to associate a certain IP with a physical or legal entity.

"If law enforcement addresses us with requests concerning a particular IP suspected of being involved in criminal activity, we would be able to track the IP on the basis of data provided by internet operators," said director of the ministry's department for control of telecommunications Igor Khalepa.

He said that data collection and storage is a common practice across the world. *ot