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Dating App Tinder to Now Share User Data with Russian Authorities

Russian authorities last year issued an order to ban messaging app Telegram after it refused to hand over user data

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Tinder Dating App (Representational image).
The Tinder dating app, where people looking for dates swipe left or right on profiles of other users to reject or accept them, is now required to share its user data with Russian authorities on request, according to Russias Roskomsvoboda internet rights group.
Tinder was added on May 31 to the list of services that have to comply with the Russian data requests. The data Tinder must collect and provide to Russia, upon request, user data and all communications, including audio and video.
Russia adopted a flurry of legislation in recent years tightening control over online activity.
In May, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill designed to help the government create its own national Internet — not entirely unlike China’s — for the alleged purpose of countering international cyber warfare.
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A man uses the dating app Tinder in New Delhi, India. (VOA)
Russian authorities will gain new powers to block content in November when legislation that seeks to expand Russia’s sovereignty over its segment of the web comes into force.
A total of 175 online services are on the list requiring them to hand over user data to Russian authorities. Most are small websites in Russian regions.
Russian authorities last year issued an order to ban messaging app Telegram after it refused to hand over user data. (IANS)

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Russian Parliament Plans to Bring a Bill to Ship Devices With Pre-Installed Russian Apps

The government will also publish, per each device type, a list of Russian software that equipment vendors will need to include on devices sold in Russia

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The government will also publish, per each device type, a list of Russian software that equipment vendors will need to include on Devices sold in Russia. Pixabay

Aiming to protect Russian software firms from being “abused” by foreign technology companies, the Russian Parliament is now mulling to bring a bill that will force all Electronic Devices sold in the country, including smartphones, computers and smart TVs, to ship with apps from Russian tech firms pre installed in them.

If the bill is approved, the Russian government will publish a list of electronic devices that will need to comply with this new law. However, devices that don’t run a complex operating system OS or custom software will be exempted.

According to lawmakers, “the bill will protect the interests of Russian Internet companies and will reduce the abuse by large foreign companies, working in the field of information technology”, ZDNet reported recently.

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Aiming to protect Russian software firms from being “abused” by foreign technology companies, the Russian Parliament is now mulling to bring a bill that will force all Electronic Devices sold in the country, including Laptops, smartphones, computers and smart TVs, to ship with apps from Russian tech firms pre installed in them. Pixabay

The government will also publish, per each device type, a list of Russian software that equipment vendors will need to include on devices sold in Russia.

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The firms who fail to comply would be eligible for fines of up to 200,000 rubles or roughly $3,100, and an eventual ban, following repeated offences, the report added. (IANS)