MP requests inspection of Google's compliance with personal data protection laws
MOSCOW, July 16 (RAPSI) - Lawmaker Ruslan Gattarov, who heads the Federation Council's Information Policy Commission, believes that Google violates international and Russian law on personal data protection and has asked for this assumption to be checked, RIA Novosti reported.
Gattarov said in his address to Prosecutor General Yury Chaika and Roskomnadzor communications regulator head Alexander Zharov that a personal data operator may sign contracts to entrust information processing to a third party. However, Google's confidentiality policy allows it to use the customers' permission to process personal data from the company's 70-odd services, Gattarov said.
He said the company's confidentiality policy is worded loosely and is not clear to users.
As a result, users who accept Google's confidentiality terms likely do not know that they are giving the company permission to use their personal data not only in the service that they requested to use, but also in all the company's other services.
"This mechanism is a gross violation of people's constitutional right to the inviolability of privacy," the MP said.
He asked the prosecutor and the regulator to look into Google's confidentiality policy and to take proper measures if they uncover violations of Russian law.
In June, Google refused to attend a meeting of Gattarov's commission regarding the scandal that broke out after Snowden told media that the US authorities are tapping directly into the servers of major Internet companies.
Gattarov earlier called for an international inquiry into reports that Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter provide the US special services with direct access to user data.