Personal data processors get fake Roskomnadzor notices promising scrutiny

Personal data processors get fake Roskomnadzor notices promising scrutiny
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The media censor explicitly highlighted that it had nothing to do with the letters.

Personal data processors, which include every state body and organization that has access to people’s personal data, have been receiving fake information letters allegedly from Roskomnadzor, Znak.com was told by the ministry’s press service.

"The notices say that Roskomnadzor is conducing unscheduled inspections to ensure compliance with the Personal Data Federal Law, since the organizations are not in the register of personal data operators and the required privacy protection documents have not been submitted," the ministry said.

The media censor explicitly highlighted that it had nothing to do with the letters.

"The letters are sent from a mail server with a domain name that has never been used by Roskomnadzor. Roskomnadzor only sends its notices from e-mail addresses of the server @rkn.gov.ru", they stated.

On April 16, Roskomnadzor began blocking websites, after the court satisfied a suit of FSB demanding that Telegram founder Pavel Durov hand over the messenger’s encryption keys. Telegram stated it could not do this both for ethical and technical reasons. The messenger is still working, but Roskomnadzor managed to block a tremendous amount of websites that had nothing to do with Telegram, which caused widespread public revulsion.

Note that the ministry’s website was hacked not so long ago.

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