“Yandex” has denied accusations of the SBU in the transmission data of the Ukrainian intelligence services

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“Yandex” has denied the transfer of personal data of Ukrainian users to Russian security services, in which it accuses the security Service of Ukraine. Earlier in the Ukrainian divisions of the company in Kiev and Odessa were searched

Russian IT company “Yandex” did not give their personal data of Ukrainian users to the processing of the special services of Russia, follows from the statement a press-services of the Corporation received by RBC.

“No employees “Yandex.Of Ukraine” nor the leadership of the Ukrainian division did not have access to personal data of users of “Yandex”. Protection of personal data of our users in all countries where we provide services is a top priority. In particular to ensure this, user data is impersonal and anonymous”, — stated in the message.

As specified in the company order to disclose certain information about users to law enforcement required to substantiate such claims by the authorities and to obtain a decision of the court.

“There is no data transmission, which accused the “Yandex” was not”, — assured in the company.

Currently, added in “Yandex”, the company is holding consultations with lawyers in order to provide server operation and security of its employees. “Now we consult to lawyers and we will take the necessary legal action to protect our team — for us it is the most important priority.”

About the searches in the offices of the Ukrainian “Yandex”, located in Kyiv and in Odessa, became known in the afternoon on Monday, may 29. About the reasons of investigative acts of the Republic security Service (SBU) in the representative offices of Russian companies was not reported. The representative of the SBU Elena Gitlyanskaya said the Agency “Interfax” that the demonstrations in the case of high treason.

Later in the press service of the Ukrainian Agency stated that “the management of the company illegally collected, stored and passed on to Russia personal data of Ukrainian citizens”, including occupation, lifestyle, telephone numbers, email addresses and social media accounts. The secret service said that among those whose data were transmitted to Moscow, there are law enforcement officers and special agencies, military personnel and civil servants of the Republic.

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the searches and investigations of the Ukrainian security services in respect of “Yandex” stated that the Kremlin is no complete information about it.

From may 17, IT-company “Yandex” has fallen under the new sanctions Ukraine. According to the decree of the President of Petro Poroshenko, the restrictive measures were imposed on 468 a Russian company. Document obligate Ukrainian Internet service providers to block access to the search engine “Yandex”, as well as in other services, including “Yandex.Music” and “Yandex. News”. According to the Chairman of the Board of the Internet Association of Ukraine Alexander Federinko, the cost to resources of $1 billion, and full restrictions of access to services can be achieved in two years.

As authorities blocked the Internet


Internet in China started its development in conditions of strict control, causing the connection of the local segment of the Internet global Network is poorly diversified and may be more amenable to control by the authorities. The experts note that about 75% of the bonds of local IP addresses is done through a single node, which creates the technical possibility of control of the Internet. In China since 2003, a system of filtering Internet traffic “Golden shield”, which is known under the name “Great Chinese firewall”. The system blocks certain sites from a blacklist their IP or URL, as well as using packet filter data blocks sites by keywords. The country has limited access to such social networks as Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, the search engines, including Google, the world’s largest media and other websites and services. It is believed that Internet restrictions are used to deal with dissent. However, the authorities can develop local Internet services: the most popular social network in the country — WeChat (about 800 million active users per month), and the audience microblogging Sina Weibo is approaching the audience on Twitter. In 2017, the authorities announced a new campaign to tighten controls on the Internet, in the centre of which stood the combat in private virtual networks (VPN), which had previously cost Internet restrictions.


The Turkish authorities have repeatedly limited access to certain Internet resources. Temporary blocking of Twitter and Facebook, according to media reports, was to prevent the country banned the dissemination of unofficial information about the attacks. In July 2016 during the military coup, the authorities sharply limited access to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter. Then the authorities shut down access to WikiLeaks after the organization published nearly 300 thousand emails of members of the ruling party of justice and development party (AKP). In December 2016 was reported on the blocking in the country Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and YouTube, which human rights activists connected with the arrest of opposition leader Selahattin Demirtaş. In April 2017, it was reported that the Turkish authorities have blocked access to the online encyclopedia “Wikipedia” in all areas of the country. This happened once in mid-April, the country held a referendum in which more than half of Turkish citizens supported the empowerment of the President. Council on information technologies and communications referred to criticized the opposition for the restriction of freedom of speech, the law “On regulation of Internet broadcasting and the struggle with crimes committed in this sphere”. In early may, the Ankara court dismissed the appeal of the Wikimedia Foundation, which asked her to stop blocking Wikipedia.


The system of filtering Internet traffic is also valid in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The authorities of the country in 2017, pointed out that about 27 million young Iranians use social network Facebook and messenger Telegram, stating that in 2016, has blocked more than 160 thousand social media profiles and Internet pages. Meanwhile, the Creator of the messenger Telegram Pavel Durov said that in Iran, the messenger is particularly popular and he has about 40 million active users. In April 2017, it was reported that Internet service providers and mobile operators in Iran by a court decision blocked the function of voice calls in the Telegram.


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