Google may leak personal data of Russians to Ukraine’s Security Service - report
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MOSCOW, September 4 (RAPSI) – Yevgeny Fyodorov, lawmaker of Russia's lower house of parliament, claims that Google may leak personal data of Russian citizens to the Ukraine’s Security Service and wants the Prosecutor General’s Office to check the allegations, Izvestia newspaper reported on Thursday.
“Google is a company in the jurisdiction of the United States, which has taken an official stand to weaken and destabilize Russia,” the newspaper writes, citing Fyodorov. “This [the leakage of personal data] can be perceived as a direct recommendation for US-controlled organizations. When a state coup was staged in Kiev, street action was organized and mobilized via the internet, primarily Google. Therefore, an agreement between Google and the Security Service of Ukraine was likely signed to enable the internet corporation to provide information about Russia to the US and its partners,” Fyodorov said.
In June 2013, Ruslan Gattarov, then a member of the Federation Council, asked Prosecutor General Yury Chaika to look into the alleged leaks of personal data of Russian nationals to US intelligence agencies through a number of companies including Google, Facebook, and Apple.
Later that year he said that Google had amended its Russian version of the confidentiality policy to ensure better protection of users’ data.
In July, President Vladimir Putin signed a bill into law which bans online businesses, including social networking sites, from storing personal data of Russian citizens on servers located abroad.
The law was to take effect on September 1, 2016. However, a group of State Duma lawmakers has proposed moving the date to January 1, 2015. They believe that the law’s entry into force should be accelerated in order to ensure a quicker and more effective protection of personal data of Russian citizens.