Support Centre

You have out of 5 free articles left for the month

Signup for a trial to access unlimited content.

Start Trial

Continue reading on DataGuidance with:

Free Member

Limited Articles

Create an account to continue accessing select articles, resources, and guidance notes.

Free Trial

Unlimited Access

Start your free trial to access unlimited articles, resources, guidance notes, and workspaces.

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.

Prohibited data

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:

  • Discord;
  • Snapchat;
  • Skype;
  • Microsoft Teams;
  • Threema;
  • Viber;
  • WhatsApp;
  • WeChat; and
  • Telegram.

You can read the press release here and the list here, both only available in Russian.