Roskomnadzor banned third parties from using Vkontakte user data

Source: RIA Novosti

The other day it became known that Roskomnadzor banned third-party companies from collecting and using Information of users of the social network "Vkontakte". This refers to information that is publicly available. It is usually believed that if the information is open, then everyone can collect and use it. Indeed, according to the Law on Personal Data, the processing of personal data (PD) is allowed, access to which was provided by the owner, as reported by Izvestia.

At the same time, Art. 9 of the same law indicates that processing of social network users' data is possible only with their consent. "In accordance with clause 5.12 of the user agreement of the Vkontakte network, the user agrees only on access to information that he places on his personal page, including his personal data. The user does not give consent to the collection, processing and transfer to third parties, "the press service of Roskomnadzor said.

Moreover, if the user has not given his explicit consent to the processing of his data, then they can not be stored, processed and transferred. Roskomnadzor also noted that if such a practice existed earlier, then it must be stopped.

In principle, social networks relatively long ago began to closely monitor who uses the data of users of such resources and how. For example, in March of this company, Facebook decided to prohibit the use of information posted by its users, a third party to track people's behavior. The company believes that people who registered in the social network should feel protected, be sure that their information is not used for some other purpose by someone else.

In "Vkontakte" they went even further. At the very beginning of this year, the social network sued several companies that decided to look for profiles of their clients on the social network and determine the solvency by the content of the pages. It is interesting that at the same time, the goal was not to receive compensation – the amount of claims of the social network was only 1 ruble. That is, it was just about putting an end to this practice.

Nevertheless, this point of view also has opponents. "Either you must immediately limit access to these data, or give everyone the opportunity to use them. Now the situation resembles the case when a person hung a photo on the fence, but forbade it to look at. Any company can use publicly available data. And it does not matter what exactly is said in the user agreement of the social network, the third parties do not have this agreement. In addition, the social network itself will not be able to control who collects the data of its users, "said Sergei Kopylov, deputy director of the Coordination Center for the Domain of the Internet for Legal Affairs.

However, Roscomnadzor has already expressed this opinion , So, most likely, everyone else will have to obey.

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