Until the end of this year, there is a moratorium on fines provided for the sale of equipment on the territory of the Russian Federation without pre-installed domestic software. From January 1, 2023, the sale of such equipment will be prohibited, and the problem is that vendors, most of which have left the Russian market, must carry out pre-installation. In this regard, the Association of Internet Commerce Companies (AKIT) proposed a new method. It consists in providing consumers with instructions with QR codes, with which they can independently install all the necessary applications. This will make it possible to sell equipment imported to Russia through parallel imports and comply with the requirements of the law.
The new scheme also eliminates the leakage of personal data, since the user personally installs the programs after purchasing the gadget and adding his account. Otherwise, third parties (the seller) would have to open the same smartphone in advance and pre-install the software with the buyer’s data. Experts call the solution with QR codes optimal, since after the introduction of parallel imports, there were problems with the implementation of the law. First, the vendor/manufacturer must pre-install Russian software, which is impossible under the current conditions. Secondly, unpacking the device and installing programs in the store before selling it makes it a used product.
The law on the pre-installation of Russian software on smartphones, tablets, laptops, PCs and TVs with the Smart TV function came into force on April 1, 2021. The government has developed a list of required applications for installation, and this list is approved annually. Now it contains applications of Yandex, VK, Kaspersky Lab, Gosuslug, My Office, the Mir payment system and other services and programs.
Source: Trash Box
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