Windows 10 sparks espionage fears in Russia

A Russian MP has claimed that according to the Russian law, collection and processing of personal data in Russia is only authorized by organizations registered as personal data controllers. Microsoft is not on the register.

Windows 10 sparks espionage fears in Russia

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A senior Communist functionary claims that the end-user service agreement attached to the new Windows 10 OS violates the Russian law requiring the personal data of Russian citizens to be collected and processed only by specially-licensed companies reports RT.

Vadim Solovyov, the chief lawyer of the Communist Party in the State Duma addressed Prosecutor General Yury Chaika with an official request to launch a probe into Microsoft’s latest operating system, Izvestia daily reported Tuesday.

In his letter, the politician claimed that the end-user service agreement distributed with Windows 10 reads that the operating system (OS) will collect and store users’ web history, access points, passwords and other personal data, including physical location, emails and other messages and information about phone calls. Microsoft also reserves the right to share this data with special services, use it in research, publish or use it in any other way it sees fit.

However,  under current Russian law,  gathering and processing of personal information is only permissible by companies included in the National Register of Personal Data Operators, Solovyov noted. As Microsoft is not included on this register, the distribution of Windows 10 on Russian territory becomes illegal, he wrote.

In addition, the MP shared his fears that the use of the new OS in Russian state structures could end in leaks of classified information to foreign special services.

“Practically, we are talking about espionage here,” the letter reads.

To prevent the suspected breach of law, Solovyov asked Chaika to launch a probe into Microsoft and to block on the Russian territory all websites that allowed downloading of Windows 10. He also suggested issuing a warning to all bodies of executive and legislative power asking staff not to use Windows 10 on their devices.

The Microsoft press service commented on the initiative saying that any transfer of personal information is possible only with the user’s consent.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Ağustos 2015, 09:36