Dutch authorities are reviewing Yandex’s ride-hailing app Yango over concerns that it is being used by Russian intelligence agencies to collect data on users in Europe.
The start of the audit was confirmed to Bloomberg by a representative of the Dutch data protection authority. Previously, authorities in Finland and Norway expressed concerns about the possibility of transferring data about European FSB users.
On September 1, a decree of the Russian government came into force in Russia, according to which the FSB must gain access to data on users of taxi services. On August 8, Meduza published an investigation alleging that Yandex stores data on users’ taxi trips, including abroad, where the service operates under other names, on Russian servers, and thus the data should fall under under a decision on the possibility of access to them by the FSB. In this regard, the Finnish authorities issued a special decree that from September 1, no data of Yango users should be transferred to Russia. The Norwegian authorities made the same decision. At the same time, according to the authorities of these countries, the Russian regulation should not apply to the data of citizens of EU states, and if Yango transferred data to Russia, this may be a violation of European data protection legislation.
Yandex denies that the FSB will have access to information about trips abroad. “Data about trips can only be obtained by law enforcement agencies of the country where the trip was made, according to the procedures prescribed in local laws,” Dozhd quoted a statement from the Yandex.Taxi press service.