The Russian telecom companies watchdog Roskomnadzor is reportedly in discussions with the Norwegian software company known as Opera over a possible blacklist that would restrict the browser from circumventing blocked websites, such as torrent sites.
Now Opera Browser Will Blacklist Restricted Sites
Opera has achieved a place of growing prominence in the world of browsers. With unique and distinguished competing features it ensures excellent browsing experience.
One such feature is the Turbo mode which guarantees a high data saving. But there is talk now that Opera may be getting ready to use this mode to filter access to certain unauthorized content sites.
The Opera Turbo mode is often used by users to get around the blocks that often are imposed. It is a way that contradicts the original idea thus intended as a way to ensure higher speeds and faster access to the Internet, thanks to the compression of images and other elements.
But according to some sources, the Opera browser may be getting ready to apply some restrictions in this mode, preventing access to torrent sites and other content in a way to prevent the misuse of this functionality.
This path will start as an agreement with the telecommunications regulator, the Roskomnadzor, which seek thus able to block the use of Turbo widely by Russian users.
Opera admitted the possibility of creating such filters in its browser, and also confirmed the talks with Roskomnadzor. However, these talks were put on ice following Opera Software’s acquisition by China’s Qihoo 360 earlier this year, which subsequently led to the closure of Opera’s Russia office.
Roskomnadzor spokesman Vadim Ampelonsky said: “We are ready to send periodically a list of resources for such a filter at the conclusion of a bilateral agreement.”
Even without any agreement, it is known that the Opera will soon implement this feature into the site blocking policy, but, it is not known yet how and when it will be applied.
Interestingly, Opera’s integrated VPN presented recently doesn’t appear to be under threat, for now, and allows exactly the same functionality. However, as we told that it has not been reported yet regarding this issue.