01 July 2021, 17:58
Moscow court outlaws Eye of God Telegram bot
Moscow, July 1, Interfax - Moscow's Tagansky District Court has declared the activity of the Eye of God Telegram bot, which sells personal data, to be illicit, the press service for the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) said.
"A hearing of the Roskomnadzor motion regarding the owner of the Eye of God Telegram bot took place on July 1. The court found the service illegal and in violation of the right of citizens to privacy and personal and family secrets. The dissemination of information received from the Telegram bot was found illegal," the press service said in a statement seen by Interfax on Thursday.
"Based on the court order, the web resource will be included on the register of violators of the rights of personal data subjects," Roskomnadzor said.
Article 23 of the Russian constitution declares the right of citizens to privacy and personal and family secrets.
People have been complaining to Roskomnadzor about the Eye of God service sharing personal data with Internet users. They asked for a consideration of the legality of the Eye of God service gathering, processing, and disseminating personal data.
"The agency verified the compliance of the Telegram service with the personal data law. The analysis showed that the administration of the Eye of God Telegram service had no legal grounds to gather, process, and disseminate the personal data of citizens, was unable to confirm the legality of access to personal data, and did not ensure confidentiality in the course of personal data processing," Roskomnadzor said.
Roskomnadzor counters the activity of such services on a regular basis, it said.
"Consistent with court orders, the activity of web resources providing access to various databases, as well as services accessing personal data, is brought to a halt. Such services give access to public information, as well as personal data gathered illegally. The liability [up to criminal] for using illegally obtained personal data is borne by those who disseminate the information and users identified by service operators by their phone numbers in the course of authorization," Roskomnadzor said.
The processing (including transfer and storage) of personal data without the consent of the relevant persons is an administrative offense defined as illicit personal data processing.