RKN demanded to block telegram bots for “breaking through data” of citizens

Roskomnadzor sent a notification to the Telegram administration demanding to restrict the work of bots that allow users to obtain information about almost any person upon request, Kommersant writes. The department also asked law enforcement agencies to identify those involved in the dissemination of personal information about voyeur telegram.

Roskomnadzor explained to the pu

blication that the actions of the owners of such services violate the legislation on the protection of personal data, and their use violates the rights of data subjects.

Telegram did not respond to the newspaper’s request.

Such bots have existed for several years, now there are several dozen of them, Kommersant recalls. They collect information from various leaked and open databases and consolidate it. Experts estimate the annual margin of such bots at 200 million rubles.

The popular service Eye of God accepted payment for its services through payment aggregators Yumani, Qiwi, FreeKassa and the main provider, Robokassa, and VTB acted as the acquiring bank, sources told the publication. based on the results of which a decision will be made on further work with the site. ”

One of the newspaper’s interlocutors knows that on March 6, the “Eye of God” was disconnected from all payment aggregators. On the same day, a message appeared in the service’s Telegram channel that replenishment of the balance in the bot was disabled and until March 9 it will be free due to the entry into force of the law on changing the rules for processing publicly available personal data.

The law prohibited operators from disseminating information published on the Internet about users without their consent, and the Internet site ordered to provide citizens with the opportunity to choose which specific data about them can be collected, processed and used publicly. The administrators of such services face liability up to criminal for transferring data about other people from closed databases to the user or without their consent, the partner of the law company A.T. explained to the newspaper. Legal Alexander Pavlovsky.

Blocking bots will not be difficult to bypass, and a fine of 6,000 rubles will not frighten service owners, but criminal liability will reduce the popularity of such bots, says Natalya Gulyaeva, managing partner of Hogan Lovells CIS.

On January 30, Roskomnadzor demanded that Telegram stop distributing data on one of the channels of police officers and national guards involved in detentions at rallies in support of Alexei Navalny. The founder of the messenger, Pavel Durov, announced on February 6 that he had blocked several channels in which the data of both the security forces and the protesters were published. He then explained that because of these channels, the company could not get Apple’s approval for an emergency update of the messenger for iOS.

RKN demanded to block telegram bots for “breaking through data” of citizens