The Azerbaijani Ministry of Communications and High Technologies will start regulating the activity of social media platforms, such as Viber, WhatsApp, Skype and others, Minister of Communications and High Technologies Ali Abbasov announced on August 27,
“People are actively using social networks and instant messengers in Azerbaijan,” he said. “Moreover, a number of them render services over the Internet. As a regulatory body, we believe that the companies engaged in mass collection of information in Azerbaijan must work in accordance with the country’s law about the personal data, that is, get a certificate. This certificate is issued by our ministry.”
Abbasov said that the negotiations with these companies had already started, and most of them “reacted positively to this action.”
“Currently, the ministry is already negotiating with Viber, WhatsApp, Skype, social networks,” he said. “This practice is used not only in Azerbaijan but also in some European countries.”
“Every country certifies and regulates the activity of its instant messengers and social networks in accordance with its laws,” he said.
Abbasov vowed that the process would not impede the work of social media in Azerbaijan.