Russia: Roskomnadzor publishes list of messenger apps prohibited from transferring payment documents and personal data
On May 5, 2023, the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) published the list of instant messenger services owned by foreign legal entities and citizens that are prohibited from transferring payments documents and personal data of Russian citizens.
Specifically, the Roskomnadzor outlined that operators using foreign messenger services must take measures to exclude the transfer of payment documents and provision of information, including:
- personal data of Russian citizens;
- data on money transfers within the applicable forms of non-cash payments;
- information required for making payments; or
- information about accounts and deposits of Russian citizens in banks.
Notably, the Roskomnadzor recommended the use of domestic messenger services.
Prohibited messenger services
Notably, the list of prohibited messenger services includes:
- Microsoft Teams;
- WeChat; and