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#1 +zhiVago

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 17:04

 
A Russian senator has challenged Internet giant Google to explain its use of clients’ personal Gmail data, and claimed that the e-mail service violates individuals’ right to the secrecy of correspondence under the country’s constitution.
 
Google’s position on data protection is that it “reserves the right to get access to correspondence of Gmail users and to use this data,” Senator Ruslan Gattarov said in a letter to Google Russia, which was obtained by Itar-Tass. 
 
Gattarov also cited a Google court filing in the US, in which the company says that “a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties.” 
 
This, Gattarov says, violates Russia’s personal data protection law and Article 23 of the Russian Constitution, which guarantees the “right to the inviolability of private life” and “to the privacy of correspondence.”
 
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A delegation of tech giant Google will arrive in Russia in mid-September to discuss the data protection of Gmail users in Russia, a Russian lawmaker said on Sunday.
 
“In mid-September we expect the delegation representatives from the United States,” Senator Ruslan Gattarov, who chairs the commission on the information society development in the Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian parliament, said.
 
In his letter to the head of Google Russia, Gattarov said that Google’s official position on the issue, according to media reports, is that it “reserves the right to get access to correspondence of Gmail users and to use these data,” adding that this violates Russia’s personal data protection legislation and the constitution.
 
“The text of this document says in fact that a user has no any reasonable grounds to think that information that he gives via third hands will remain confidential and such an unauthorized access to the correspondence of our citizens directly violates the Russian Constitution,” Gattarov said.
 
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#2 Praetor

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 17:14

Gmail exists from what, 2004? Why it took so long to check the Constitution?



#3 soniqstylz

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 17:17

Gmail exists from what, 2004? Why it took so long to check the Constitution?

 

I think the bigger story is that there is a greater expectation of privacy in Russia than in the US?



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Posted 18 August 2013 - 17:26

I think the bigger story is that there is a greater expectation of privacy in Russia than in the US?

 

Same with Germany, except they are substantially more sane than we are. 



#5 Growled

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 18:37

Google made a huge mistake when they said that users of Gmail shouldn't expect to have any privacy. Now everyone will be doubting them.