Appeal against $14,000 fine returned to Telegram
MOSCOW, March 26 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court has returned an appeal against an 800,000-ruble fine ($14,000) for refusal to provide the Federal Security Service (FSB) with information on user messages decoding to Telegram Messenger LLP, the court’s spokesperson Ulyana Solopova has told RAPSI.
The court has not considered the appeal because notarized copies of previous rulings have not been attached to it. The plaintiff may lodge the complaint again after corrective actions, Solopova said.
In July, Durov received the FSB requests to provide information for decoding messages of six app users. In September, law enforcement authorities drew up administrative protocols against Telegram because of law violation, as Durov failed to reply for the request.
The Meshchansky District Court of Moscow has fined the company 800,000 rubles ($14,000) for refusal to provide FSB with information on message decoding concerning several users. Telegram has been found guilty of failure to store and (or) furnish information on users and their messages to law enforcement agencies. The ruling has become effective.
In December, Telegram Messenger LLP filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court of Russia seeking to cancel the Federal Security Service’s (FSB) decree establishing the procedure for provision of information on decoding of user data. On March 19, the lawsuit was dismissed. Telegram was obliged to comply with the FSB order within 15 days. The company filed an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) against the fine, lawyer Damir Gainutdinov told RAPSI on March 22.
According to the Federal Law “On Information, Information Technologies and the Protection of Information”, organizers of information distribution on the Internet must submit information about users and their messages to the authorized governmental bodies conducting investigative activities and ensuring the state security.