Moscow court dismisses Vkontakte’s lawsuit against Double Data
MOSCOW, October 6 (RAPSI) – The Moscow Commercial Court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Vkontakte social network against Double Data seeking to cancel the latter company’s use of open data provided by users on the social network to sell its own services, RAPSI learnt in the court on Friday.
Vkontakte claimed that Double Data extracts information from the social network’s database (names, surnames, places of work and study) despite the fact that neither Vkontakte, nor it users gave permissions to retrieve such information and to use it for commercial purposes.
On January 31, the social network filed a lawsuit against two defendants. According to the plaintiff, National Bureau of Credit Histories, which used to be the second defendant, offered credit organizations services allowing to evaluate creditworthiness of loaners based on Vkontakte data. These services were based on technologies developed by Double Data, Vkontakte believes.
On August 15, the court cancelled proceedings between the social network and the Bureau after they reached settlement. The settlement reads that the Bureau worked with Double Data in the framework of guarantees provided by the latter company assuring that use of Vkontakte data is legal. According to the settlement, the Bureau had to severe its relations to Double Down and to stop using products and technologies based on extraction of information from Vkontakte’s database without its permission.